Monthly Archives: October 2011

Gossip Is The Foundation for Bullying

This is just a little tip that can stop bullying before it starts. Do you have a child who comes home from school and “talks about” or “gossips about” other children or teachers?

How do you respond? Do you listen and add your own gossip? Do you ask for more information?


Do you say something along the lines of, “It’s not good to build yourself up by tearing others down. Gossip isn’t welcome here and shouldn’t be welcome anywhere.”

Trust me when I say that this will be the building block that shows a child that demeaning others is not a good thing. Kids are never too young to learn to be kind to others.

Photo: Dottie Mae

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Halloween and Special Needs Kids

I want to share a story with you about a wonderful mom and her special needs daughter named Mary Kate. Mary Kate uses a wheelchair to get around.  As the school and students were getting ready for Halloween and the Halloween Parade, Mary Kate’s mom knew that Mary Kate wanted to be a part of the festivities just as much as the kids who didn’t need wheelchairs.

She made a costume for Mary Kate that went all around her wheelchair and looked like a cupcake. She made a hat for Mary Kate that looked like the frosting on the cupcake. Her mom and dad shared her picture with us. Mary Kate looked adorable!

Isn’t it just amazing that so many parents are so proud of their special needs kids and what they are accomplishing? Mary Kate’s mom is the kind of parent that all special needs kids should have because she is awesome!

Maybe Rugby should get dressed up this year as a cupcake for Halloween…but a boy cupcake with blue frosting! What do you think?

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November Is Rugby’s No Child Left Alone Month!

You have all heard about No Child Left Behind but have you heard about No Child Left Alone? Guess what? November is Rugby’s NCLA Month. (No Child Left Alone) Our mission is to improve the possibility that children will feel safe and connected to caring support no matter what their differences are.  It is so apparent that a… Continue Reading

Bullying Fear? Volunteer!

Did you know that more than 38% of the children in special education are the targets of bullies? These kids are especially vulnerable to bullying because they can’t defend themselves or fight back. If the children have special needs that are rooted in social deficits, they might not even know they are being bullied, let… Continue Reading