* A question on social narratives

angry kidI’ve been asked to provide another example of a social narrative for dealing with bullying.  I write stories about bullying from two perspectives, of course: the one who bullies and the one who is bullied.  They are often the same kid: students who’ve been bullied are at risk for becoming someone who bullies others.  The following clip is from a series on how it feels to be called a bully, especially when you don’t realize how your remarks have affected others.  It’s painful to help a kid who has been targeted by others, feeling their shame and despair.  It’s equally hard to redirect a kid who was once that target and has now focused their anger on others.  In the series below, there’s no “perfect” ending.  Learning to deal with bullying, whether from the hands of others or from your own, is too often a part of special needs kids’ life experiences.  My hope is to take something ugly and work it for good.

Mike chapter 1

Any feedback on this?  

8 thoughts on “* A question on social narratives

  1. This is an interesting narrative. What strikes me is that you often find this same type of scenario in the workplace, say during a staff meeting. There always seems to be at least one person who appears dismissive, and sometimes derisive, of others’ ideas. I wonder if this behavior is caught and corrected during childhood could it prevent the adult version of bullying. What do you think? Karen

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    • That’s an interesting question. I would guess that a successful intervention would certainly help but sometimes the roots of inadequacy and anger go very deep. I wonder if thete’s some research on this. We have rhe other type of research where the effects of bullying are documented, but i don’t thnk i’ve seen clear evidence on the results of early intervention. Great insughts. I will look for that. Thanks for your analysis!

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