Unfortunately, many kids with ADD/ADHD get bullied in school. This can relate to them seeming ‘different’ to the other kids – due to their inattention, hyperactivity or impulsivity. It can also stem from kids just being rude, mean and schools not creating the right environment to stop bullying.
Phoebe Prince was a girl who was born in the UK and moved to Massachusetts. She is a young woman who committed suicide in January 2010 after several months of severe bullying at her school. Her death led to significant reform to the laws of Massachusetts around bullying. Its unfortunate that a youth had to die to get these rules implemented. It’s even more unfortunate that many states and many other countries don’t have strong rules against bullying despite the terrible outcomes that can happen.
A recent online newspaper article advocates that parents need to get involved and get active when their kids are being bullied. It describes the situation with a boy with ADHD who just couldn’t take the name calling any more and just broke down. In this case, the school got involved, and the boys mother helped to keep her son safe.
Bullying is a major problem in general – and specifically in ADHD. In my office, I often hear about problems that kids are having around bullying. In general, I find that the nature of the outcome of the situation depends a lot on the individuals who are in the school’s administration. Sometimes policies that the board has are interpreted differently in different schools.
Do you have experience with bullying and ADHD?
What worked to help and what didn’t?
What advice can you share for other people who may just be starting to deal with this issue?
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