The “Who”, The “What”, and the “Why"
Sharon Greene, M.A.
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Autism Connection of PA
35 Wilson Street #101
Pittsburgh, PA 15223
AOTA, Act 48, and Social Worker
About Our Speaker
Sharon is the Executive Administrator for The Arc of Westmoreland (A member of the ACHIEVA Family of Organizations). Sharon has over fifteen years of experience working with individuals with ASD and Intellectual Developmental Disabilities across the age span within the Behavioral Health Rehabilitation Services System (BHRS), and also in the field of Special Education. Sharon is active in her community. She is an adjunct professor at St. Vincent College, teaching a graduate course in autism and developmental disabilities. Sharon is a member of several local human service committees in Westmoreland County including the Transition Coalition. Sharon is on the management team of the Westmoreland County Special Olympics. Sharon has developed many volunteer opportunities for the Individuals with Autism and Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Sharon's biggest passion is bullying prevention. Sharon is a National Certified Trainer of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program and works with provisional trainers as an Olweus Technical Assistant Consultant. Sharon has a Master of Special Education Degree from Seton Hill University.
PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center states that children and adults who are disabled are twice as likely to be a victim of bullying as someone who is not. Bullies often specifically target individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Intellectual Disabilities and Emotional Disturbance, looking for a reaction from their victim.
Society often focuses on bullying prevention for schools, or strategies to address cyber bullying. Bullying can occur at any age. As adolescents become young adults, they may find themselves in new bullying environments, such as a group home, a center, a college or trade school, or a work environment. Sometimes, they will become a bullying victim for simply leaving their house and being out in the public eye.
In this interactive presentation, slides and videos clips will be used to share information. The session leads off with a video, and moves onto a quiz that evaluates the audience’s knowledge about bullying. Next, we review current statistics. The presenter will teach "The Bullying Circle," and engage participants in a bullying vignette to demonstrate the many roles that are involved in such a situation. Following the scenario, presenter will discuss the long-term effects of bullying on its victims, as well as the bullies themselves. Finally, the audience will learn and discuss how to consistently respond to bullying situations. Tips on how to use the applications, store data and take effective video will help familiarize participants with the possibilities and challenges of these tools. Finally, participants will have an opportunity to apply these ideas to their own situation through the development of a project.
At the conclusion of this program, participants will:
- List two statistics about the nature of bullying in our communities
- Identify 3 tools which can be used to initiate “The Bullying Circle” project
- Describe the long term effects of bullying
- Create a list of how caregivers and family members should respond.