Unicorn Children's Foundation presents the Creating Compassionate Children™ campaign and toolkit. This character development program promotes a positive culture of understanding, acceptance, inclusion, and respect towards differences in other students learning comprehension, including children with special needs, and accepting them into their social environment. Unicorn Children's Foundation wants young children to contribute to the elimination of bullying and build a world where their peers can be fully engaged in the classroom and in society, no matter the neurological differences they have.
The introduction of the Creating Compassionate Children toolkits are pre-assembled by individuals with special needs for preschool and elementary age classrooms to help create a kinder classroom. Each toolkit consists of a:
"Children with special needs are an easy target for bullies because of their desire to fit in and make friends coupled by their challenges in understanding social cues,” said Sharon Alexander, Executive Director of the Unicorn Children’s Foundation. “More and more doors to inclusive opportunities are opening for individuals with special needs, but these very doors may also make them more vulnerable to bullying by their peers. Your gift will ensure that when these doors open they will reveal supportive peers."
About Unicorn Children's Foundation
Unicorn Children's Foundation is an international non-profit organization dedicated to children and young adults with developmental, communication, and learning disorders through education, awareness, and research so that they have every opportunity to lead productive and fulfilling lives. Founded in 1994 by Mark Rosenbloom, it's purpose it to promote early identification of symptoms associated with ADHD, autism, bipolar, dyslexia, and other learning disorders. With programs such as Creating Compassionate Children™ and much more to raise awareness of these disorders, warning signs, and learning opportunities of these disorders in the classroom and what peers can do when bullying enters the environment. We all can create a positive environment for children while they learn. To learn more about the Unicorn Children's Foundation visit http://www.unicornchildrensfoundation.org/. Also available on Facebook and Twitter.
Students with neurodiversity, the range of differences in individual brain function and behavioral traits, encounter bullying. Nearly 85% of children with special needs are victims of bullying by their peers. They are two to three times more likely to be bullied than non-disabled students. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), 27.8% students between the ages of 12 and 18 are victims of bullying. One in three of those students encounter cyberbullying. Because of bullying, 18.5% of students between the ages of 12 and 17 have skipped school and 2% of those students make skipping a frequent occurrence. With constant bullying, the self-esteem of pre-teens and teens begins to lower and 29% of bullied victims report suicidal thoughts. However, with the help of peers learning how important it is to stop bullying, more than half of the reported cases of bullying stopped due to peer intervention. In order to increase peer intervention and stop bullying, children and teachers must work together to create an environment where all children, no matter what disability, can learn to their full potential.