5 Ways to Deal With Bullying Due to Hearing LossSep 19, 2014
Being bullied because of hearing loss is something your child may have to deal with in the schoolyard. It includes not just teasing and name-calling, but also ignoring a child or excluding them from a group, game or social situation. School is a place where children come together to learn and develop, and a child’s alienation from the group can be detrimental to their school experience and self-esteem. Here are 5 ways to deal with bullying due to hearing loss.
Bullying in school is the result of the innocence, ignorance and arrogance of youth. Kids test limits and push boundaries with other kids because they don’t understand the consequences of their actions. Being different – such as having a hearing impairment – can make a child an easy target for classroom bullies, but there are a few things you and your child can do nip any potential bullying in the bud:
- Be Strong: Teach your child that he has nothing to be ashamed of when it comes to his hearing loss. Explain that there is a possibility of being teased, and that he should always stand up for himself. Be an example of resilience that your child can look up to, so he can model his strength after yours.
- Build Confidence: Help build up your child’s confidence in his abilities. A hearing impairment is not a life sentence; it is just something to work through. Don’t stop your child from trying new things, and let him build the confidence to know he can tackle anything that comes his way.
- Use Words: Much teasing comes from ignorance. Talk to your child about his hearing loss in a way he can understand, so he can then explain it to his classmates.
- Make Friends: Encourage your child to make friends and include himself in groups and activities. Those friends will not only act as a barrier between your child and a potential bully, but they will be there to support your child when he needs a helping hand.
- Stay Involved: Children don’t always tell their parents when things aren’t going well at school. Ask your child how his day was, and pay attention to any changes in behavior. Recognize the signs of something being “off” so you can be there to help early on.
Most bullying doesn’t stem from meanness, but from misinformation. Preparing your child to understand that bullying may happen, and giving him the tools to deal with it with help him make friends and thrive in school.
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