Special needs Kids Bullied More, Fare poorly at school

US News & World Report

July 27, 2011


Many special needs kids who struggle with medical, emotional or behavioral issues often face tough social and academic troubles in school, a new study suggests. Tracking the progress of more than 1,450 students in fourth through sixth grades from 34 rural schools, U.S. researchers found that one-third coped with special health care needs such as asthma, chronic pain, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), learning disabilities, or emotional or behavioral problems. These children, from three large school districts in Maryland and West Virginia, were also more likely to be bullied or feel socially isolated in their school, and to be more disruptive in class, according to the cross-sectional study, published in the July 25 issue of Pediatrics.
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