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Thursday, May 7, 2015

Occupational Therapists Work to End Bullying

BETHESDA, MD (May 5, 2015) — Bullying is one of the most common forms of violence in schools. Nationally, more than 160,000 kids miss school each day for fear of being bullied. Bullying today can take on several different forms: physical aggression like hitting or pushing; verbal intimidation or taunting; more subtle forms of aggression such as campaigning to exclude others, and cyberbullying.

“Occupational therapy practitioners help strengthen physical and mental health and well-being for children who are both bullied and individuals who bully,” says Susan Cahill, PhD, OTR, assistant professor of occupational therapy at Midwestern University, who recently led a research group on the topic. “An increased focus on participation in education, play and leisure, and social activities, can help support communication and interaction skills so that children can navigate complex social situations.”

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