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Bullying Expert Esther Williams to Speak at Y.A.L.E. School

Esther Williams LPCThe Y.A.L.E. School Cherry Hill campus will host a free workshop for parents and professionals on October 22nd with bullying expert, author, and speaker Esther Williams who will present strategies to help teachers and caregivers coach children with autism and other disabilities in proactive bullying awareness and prevention.

Williams will discuss ways to foster compassion and respect, and how to empower bystanders to take action when they notice someone with a disability being bullied. Parents will learn what to do (and what not to do) if their child is bullied at school or in the community. Educators will learn how to implement anti-bullying measures in the classroom and how to promote a school-wide culture of communication and caring.

“We are thrilled to offer this event as part of Y.A.L.E. School’s ongoing commitment to providing a bullying-free environment for our students,” said Margaret Chapman, Assistant Director of Y.A.L.E. School. Read More »

Evening Workshop: “Bullying Prevention For Parents Of Children With Disabilities” with Esther Williams

October 22, 2014
7:00 pmto9:00 pm

Esther Williams LPCWhether in school, the workplace, or in the community, preventing harassment, intimidation, and bullying is a major concern for parents and educators of children with ASDs. Children on the autism spectrum or with social learning differences face unique challenges when it comes to recognizing and reacting to bullying. They may be unaware of what bullying is, the forms that it may take, and the appropriate response. They may not realize the difference between innocent teasing and acts of cruelty or harassment—and as a result, are more likely to be the victims of bullying, or to bully others themselves. Read more and register for tickets online

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 »