Beyond Labels: How My Son’s Behavioral Issues Made Me a More Compassionate Teacher

It is important to remember: bullies are often bullied. This article explores the challenges one parent encountered when her special-needs son fell into a pattern of unacceptable behavior after being tormented for years by classmates. It can be difficult to see past psychological test results that reduce the student to their disability. Ms. Stevens explains that accommodating for the student requires looking past their disability, asking what else in their life is affecting their academics, and going out of your way to put the social and emotional needs of the student above that of the classroom.