11.08.2010 Uncategorized No Comments

Dealing with Teasing: A 5 Step Approach

It is not unknown that one of the biggest obstacles children with speech and language disorders face is communicating in a social setting and as a result, bullying and teasing may easily accompany.

Parents can help their children deal with the hardships of teasing using social scripts. Social Scripts are real life conversational scenarios, written down and then put into practice. You and your child can rehearse different scenarios where teasing and bullying might come into play. Putting these scripts into practice will help increase your child’s self-esteem and copying strategies.

The following five steps were taken from Autisable.com. They are an excellent tool for children who feel pressured by peers in school, playgrounds, or anywhere else where they may find themselves interacting with others.

1.    Ignore and Walk away- sometimes when you ignore a bully, or act like the teasing or bullying does not bother you, it may cause them to stop. Most times bullies and teasers gang up on others for attention. So ignoring them or saying “whatever” may help.

2.    Say, “please stop that, it makes me feel upset”- sometimes peers may tease others in a friendly way; meaning they do not mean any harm. But most times they will cross the line unintentionally. So it is important to let them know how you feel.

3.    Say, “stop it, I don’t like it”- you should also let the bully know you do not like what they are saying or doing. Remember to speak in a stern, and strong manner in order to let them know you mean business.

4.    Say, “stop or I’ll tell the teacher”- warning your bully or teaser may help you get rid of them. Make sure if you warn them once, the next time you actually tell the teacher.

5.    Walk away and tell the teacher

To read the full article on 5 Easy Steps to Dealing with Teasing, please visit:

http://www.autisable.com/729359599/5-steps-to-dealing-with-teasing/

Dealing with teasing is difficult but with the appropriate guidance your child can be successful at dealing with these negative situation. And when the time comes, your children can put their words into practice, with ease and confidence.

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