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OPINION: Autism, Asperger’s and Bullying

By Karen Huber

Karen HuberAt The Y.A.L.E School, intake interviews often begin by asking students and parents why they are leaving their public school. Quite often, the answer is a sad and sometimes horrific story of bullying and social isolation in mainstream classes.

There is evidence to support this: a new study in the Archives of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine shows that 46 percent of kids with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are bullied. Sadly, this comes as no surprise to those of us who parent, teach and counsel these unique, wonderful kids. Read More »

Preventing Bullying by Building Social Skills

This fall, the nation’s toughest anti-bullying law went into effect in New Jersey, holding schools accountable and requiring them to establish procedures to stop or prevent instances of harassment, intimidation and bullying. Long before the law was enacted, The Y.A.L.E. School worked to prevent bullying by implementing evidence-based strategies. Read More »

Y.A.L.E. Cherry Hill students spread the word about “Respect”

In October, students and staff at the Y.A.L.E. School’s Cherry Hill campus celebrated the “Week of Respect” being observed across New Jersey. Students started their day with a health and wellness exercise related to physical health, emotional well-being, socialization, or school readiness. Maintaining healthy mind and body habits helps students to better cope with peer conflicts. Read More »

Y.A.L.E. School Provides Haven From Bullying

Last winter, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed the nation’s toughest anti-bullying bill for schools and colleges. The new law, which expands and updates an anti-bullying law issued in 2001, aims to reduce bullying in all of its forms: physical, verbal, emotional, sexual, and electronic.

Research has shown that students are more able to learn and benefit from instruction even in the most demanding academic subjects, when anti-bullying strategies are effectively implemented. The Y.A.L.E. School’s, eight campuses in South Jersey have been doing just that for years. Since its founding in 1976, Y.A.L.E. has been implementing evidence-based strategies, such as peer-mentoring, empathic and responsive staffing, anonymous bullying reporting, and immediate response to bullying reports by highly trained mental health staff—all of which have been demonstrated to reduce bullying. Read More »