Bullying and Learning Disabilities

Any child who has challenges in reading, writing, math or other academic areas may be exposed to bullying by other children. Unfortunately, adults may also become bullies by repeatedly accusing the child of not trying hard enough or "goofing off" on purpose, without realizing or respecting the underlying struggle.

One of the cornerstones of Windy Row Learning Center is that we understand and support each and every child in acquiring reading and math skills in whatever way best suits the child. Windy Row is a bullying free zone.

But if your child is being bullied because of learning differences, you may be wondering how to help. An excellent resource is the StopBullying site created by the US Department of Health & Human Services. It contains information for victims and observers of bullying of every age, including how to respond to bullying as the victim or the observer. It guides parents on talking about bullying, whether it occurs online or in person; lists the warning signs that a child is being bullied or is a bully; suggests courses of action; and explains why children may not ask for help.

With all the news about bullying, it is also important to remember that most children and most adults are kind. They react better if they understand a problem rather than being left to guess about why a child is different.

It helps if your child understands what a reading or math challenge means; that it is only one part of life; and that everyone struggles with something. The Dyslexia Association of Ireland has excellent advice on talking to your child about dyslexia. The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity makes the point that acknowledging the source of reading and math challenges may relieve the child as much as the parent. If adults in your circle need help handling your child's diagnosis, you may want to refer them to these sites and to the Windy Row Learning Center website for more information.