Cerebral Palsy and Bullying Children With DisabilitiesAccording to some reports in 2015, up to 22 per cent of students have been bullied, and few of them reported it. But the statistics for Bullying Children With Disabilities are even more alarming.
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Statistics from the National Bullying Prevention Center also show that children with disabilities, like cerebral palsy, are even more likely to be bullied. As much as 60 per cent of these children have reported being bullied.
Cerebral Palsy and Being DifferentCerebral palsy is one of the most common conditions that results from birth injuries. It is a neurological condition that impacts a child’s muscle development, tone, and movement. Depending on the severity it may prevent a child from walking at all or may cause other symptoms like learning disabilities, vision and hearing problems, and speech difficulties.
Most children with cerebral palsy look different and move differently, which makes them stand out. They may use assistive devices like wheelchairs; they may speak with difficulty; they make spastic movements; some also have difficulty eating and breathing and may drool. Bullies target kids that are different, which makes kids with cerebral palsy more vulnerable.