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      Managing bullying and ADHD

      Raising children is one of the most difficult and rewarding things a person will ever do. Being the parent of a child with ADHD can be overwhelming, but with some adjustments, a family can come together and make life easier for the child.

      One of the problems children with ADHD face is bullying from others, especially at school. Even though ADHD is rather common among school-aged children, any child who is different faces the possibility of being singled out.

       

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      When bullying occurs for any reason, whether due to a disability or simply because kids are still learning how to treat others, the best way to combat it is to be proactive. Parents should stay in contact with teachers and find out if there are any problems in the classroom.

      Also, parents need to make it clear to their kids that if anyone picks on them, they can come to them and talk about it. Keeping dialogue open is the best way to earn a child’s trust.

      The parents of bullies also have to be proactive. Generally, the first notification a parent may get about their child exhibiting bullying behavior should come from a teacher.

      However, it’s possible to spot bullying behavior before being notified of it. If the child is withdrawn, sullen, acting aggressive or out of character, the parent may be able to discuss concerns with the child’s teacher and learn what he or she can do to help those involved.

       

      Who is a bullying victim?

      Bullying is a big problem in American schools, but awareness is being raised both in and out of the classroom to identify and understand bullying behavior.

      Often, the victims are “different” from their peers; either they’re too smart or not smart enough, like “weird” hobbies or have a disability of some kind. Maybe they’re a different race than everyone else in class, or they have an unusual appearance. Sometimes, a child is bullied for no apparent reason at all.

      Whatever the reason, many schools are taking a zero-tolerance stance on bullying, and with good reason. Bullying has led to older children and teenagers committing suicide, and it can make many aspects of a child’s life difficult.

      Fortunately, schools and parents can work together to stop bullying behavior before it gets out of hand. Children do not have to like each other, but they should not be permitted to treat each other unkindly or with disrespect.

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      Impact of bullying increases as exposure rises

      A new study indicates that not only does bullying affect a target in the near term, the longer the bullying persists the more of a toll it takes.

      bullying_1The study, called Healthy Passages, tracked Alabama students in fifth, seventh and tenth grade students by reviewing the results of surveys given to over 4,000 children about the amount of bulling they endured and then evaluated their physical and mental health.

      It concluded that students who were bullied in the past scored better on the health measurements than those who were currently being bullied. Those who had been bullied throughout their school career scored lowest.

      Researchers determined physical health by assessing abilities such as distance a student can walk and the ability to lift heavy objects. Mental health was determined by feelings of sadness, anger and fear.

      “I think this is overwhelming support for early interventions and immediate interventions and really advancing the science about interventions,” said Laura Bogart, the lead author of the study.

      The study highlights just how critical it is for good physical and mental health to address and end bullying situations for students as early as possible.

       

       

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      Kids with diabetes

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      In the United States alone, there are over 200,000 kids with diabetes according to the Centers for Disease Control. If not well managed, diabetes can cause a lot of health problems, but if you and your child are good about keeping their symptoms in check, your child can live a healthy and normal life.

      Diabetes is a disease in which blood sugar isn’t being absorbed into the cells of the body because either the body isn’t making a chemical called insulin, or it is being produced but the body is unable to use it.

      Adults and kids with diabetes need to monitor what they eat and the amount of exercise they get because if the blood sugar levels get too high it can cause serious illness and even death.

      Although diabetes is a serious condition, there are a few things that kids can do to keep their symptoms in check.

      • check blood sugar levels often
      • give themselves insulin shots as needed
      • eat healthy
      • exercise daily
      • regularly check in with their doctor to monitor any changes in health

      With a little discipline and guidance from a doctor, kids with diabetes can enjoy their childhood happy and healthy.

       

       

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      Bullying and the cognitively disabled

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      Bullying shouldn’t happen to anyone, but sadly, those with physical or cognitive disabilities are at an especially high risk of being targeted by bullies.

      The observable differences between the target and the bully make for easy insults and little chance of reprisal by the targeted child. It is heartbreaking and could do serious damage to the self-esteem of your child.

      Below is a great article that any parent, guardian or educator who deals with students who have learning disabilities or ADHD should read.

      Understanding Bullying and Its Impact on Kids With Learning Disabilities or ADHD

      When we understand the problem – why it happens, what can be done to stop it – and learn to recognize the warning signs, what we learn are the tools we need to put a stop to the problem. Armed with the right tools, we can help put an end to bullying of all students.

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      Recess is necessary for proper child development

      Schools are in a tough spot these days.

      Between the pressures to meet minimum student performance standards and needing to work within slimmer budget constraints, recess has become an expendable program. More time is spent in class and fewer resources are needed for playground supervision and maintenance.

      It is a decision that seems straightforward on the surface but, as it turns out, could have a host of negative unintended consequences.

       

      Grades could suffer

      Many studies have been conducted on the relationship between recess and grades. The results indicate that a mental and physical break from classes helps to refocus the kids’ attention span and burn off extra energy that is distracting in the classroom.

      Kids are naturally active and curious about the world around them. They are not well suited to extended periods of prolonged concentration such as sitting in a classroom without some form of mental and physical break.

      After sitting for a while kids (as well as adults) start to get fidgety and cannot concentrate on what they should be. The mind starts to wander and the lessons being taught in the classroom become

      Recess is also the time where kids can interact with their peers, learning through shared experience and building social development skills. These are lessons that can’t be taught from a book. They have to be experienced to learn from.

       

      Improved health

      Another huge concern for schools these days is the physical health of their students. Recess affords kids an opportunity to run and play which helps to burn calories, build muscle and provides aerobic exercise.

      With concerns over childhood obesity and related illnesses, providing a health school lunch does very little good if they aren’t allowed time to exercise. And with gym classes being cut as well, some students don’t get any physical activity at all while at school.

      Schools across the country are starting to realize that eliminating recess is a poor option for them and their students. In some cases, recess is making a comeback which is good news for the overall happiness and well being of the students.

       

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      New app hopes to stop cyberbullies

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      A new app for Android and Apple devices was recently released with the goal of putting an end to cyberbullies.

      The app is called StopIt and has four different features designed to allow the victims of cyberbullies to respond in various ways.

      1. StopIt saves messages the child feels is mean or offensive and forwards it to an adult the child has chosen. If that message is reported, an automatic message is sent to the cyberbully telling them to stop.
      2. HelpIt gives the child access to groups that will help the child deal with the emotional effects of the bullying.
      3. FriendIt lets children anonymously report acts of bullying that they witness.
      4. ReportIt gives victims an easy way get protection from serious cases of cyberbullying and can alert the authorities if deemed necessary.

      Of course relying on an app to stop a child from being bullied is not a standalone answer. Other measures need to be taken to address bullying, prevent it from happening and educating children on how to respond if they are bullied.

      There is also no word on how effective it actually is at stopping online bullying. But hopefully the StopIt app can be a useful tool in the fight against cyberbullies.

       

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      Bullying Suicides: Is there a correlation?

      Everyone knows that bullying has been around as long as there have been children and playgrounds in school yards. In today’s modern world however, you can be bullied in every way from emotional bullying to what is known of as cyber bullying.

      As proven by the tragic death of young Rebecca Sedwick, a 12-year old who jumped to her death after being bullied by former classmates, bullying can lead to tragic results. Though two of the main participants have been arrested in relation to her death, this really does nothing to stop bullying.

      It is suggested by the experts that there is a strong link between bullying and suicide, below you will find some of the statistics that support this claim.

       

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      In recent years there has been a rash of what is now known of as bullying suicide in America, and in other countries as well.

      While most adults tend to brush bullying off as something that just happens when you are in school, it is becoming increasingly apparent that brushing the problem under the rug is doing no good.

      Statistics show that of the many suicides that happen every year, children that are being bullied are two to nine times more likely to consider suicide than their classmates who are not being bullied. If the bullying of Sedwick had been taken seriously by people with the power to stop it, she might still be alive today.

      Bullies need to be made to face the consequences of their actions, and the arrest of the two girls who allegedly bullied Rebecca the most is considered a good place to start making a stand.

       

      Bullying suicide

      A study that was conducted in Britain showed that at least half of the reported suicides among teens are related in some way to bullying whether it is in school, online, or through texting.

      The fact that over 160,000 kids find a reason to stay home from school every day to avoid bullying should be a wakeup call for everyone in America, and around the globe. Something has to be done to stop bullies, and the time to act is now. It is also been proven that girls from the age of 10 to 14 are more likely to try to commit suicide as Rebecca Sedwick has proven.

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      Is your child’s discipline problem a behavior issue or something else?

      All children have moments or phases they go through where good discipline is hard to come by. It is a normal part of a child’s social development where they test and learn the boundaries of socially acceptable behavior.

      But if you child is having prolonged and consistent discipline problems, there may be something at work that goes beyond parenting style or even the temperament of the child.

      This article on Babble.com explores the possibility that your child’s discipline problems may actually be caused by a developmental disorder. 8 Signs It’s More Than a Discipline Problem.

      Getting to the root cause of your child’s discipline issues will help both parent and child to better manage and control temper tantrums as well as address the true cause of the meltdowns.

       

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      Why Parents Should Not Rely On Shool Anti Bullying Programs Alone

      Bullying at school has reached epidemic levels according to the National Education Association (NEA). In fact, figures from NEA show that 160,000 children miss school every day for fear of bullies. In addition, the National School Safety Center reckons that there are 2.1 million bullies in American schools.

      To counter this problem, many schools have resorted to various anti bullying programs. The problem with these programs is they may be fueling bullying instead of stopping it according to a study published in the Journal of Criminology in December 2012. Results from this study show that students who attend a school with an anti bullying program are 1.2 times likely to be bullying victims.

       

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      This has prompted Stuart Twemlow, an authority in the field of school violence and bullying to weigh in on the subject. Twemlow reckons that such programs fail because they rarely address issues such as the school environment, resources required to run such programs, and failure to reform the entire school culture.

      Furthermore, many schools rush to roll out the latest anti bullying programs without considering whether such programs have worked elsewhere. However, Twemlow warns that one should be careful when assessing such studies because increased awareness and reports of bullying incidences may make it seem like the problem is on the rise when this is not the case.

       

      Bullying programs need to train the individual

      Instead of relying on blanket programs that put culture change ahead of training the individual, parents need to take charge in protecting their child from bullying by teaching them how to properly respond to a bully and ways to avoid becoming a victim in the first place.

      Teaching them how to project confidence

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