Watching their child suffer social isolation or be a target of bullies can lead parents to consider sharing their child’s diagnosis with classmates.
Frederick, MD (PRWEB) April 27, 2012
Originally developed by Ruth Bielobocky, this power point presentation was used as a tool to tell her son’s 6th grade classroom about Asperger Syndrome. Following the success he experienced after using the presentation, she worked with Barbara Luborsky, OTR/L, a pediatric occupational therapist and founder of Way to Grow, to write and edit the script and the Parent Guide, and document validating research to support this approach.
Students with disabilities are often the targets of bullies. Research shows that children with Asperger Syndrome are actually targeted by bullies at a rate that is four times higher than their typical peers. Watching their child suffer social isolation or be a target of bullies can lead parents to consider sharing information about their child’s diagnosis with his classmates.
Research also shows that telling peers can improve the social climate of the classroom for kids with special needs as long as classmates are also given information about dealing with affected peers. Clear and concise information is critical, but it is also important to allow time for kids to problem solve and plan how to improve social interactions when their classmate acts out or behaves oddly.
Background: Way to Grow is a private pediatric occupational therapy and speech clinic located in Frederick, MD. The Way to Grow staff has been specializing in treating the unique needs of children since 2002. Ms. Luborsky is the owner of Way to Grow and is an occupational therapist who has worked with children of all ages with various diagnoses including: autism/PDD, cerebral palsy, developmental delay, down syndrome, learning disabilities, and sensory processing disorder. Way to Grow also provides consultative services for adults with developmental disabilities. Learn more at http://www.way2grow.com.
A video to preview the presentation can be seen at http://www.Tools2growkids.com. To purchase the presentation, parent guide and script for $47.99, go to http://www.Tools2growkids.com.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Barbara Luborsky, please email her at info(at)tools2growkids(dot)com