CornerStone PT & Wellness Center - September 2019

“The initial evaluation I received at Cornerstone was very valuable as were the constant reassessments of my progress throughout my time here. I had a very positive experience at Cornerstone compared to other physical therapy places I have gone to. I would not hesitate to recommend Cornerstone Physical Therapy to all my friends and family.”

Is Your Child Being Bullied? What You Can Do to Help

–Alex C.

A new school year is a prime opportunity for kids to make new friends among their classmates. Unfortunately, kids also form connections during the school year that aren’t always positive, and many children become the targets of school bullies. If you suspect your child is being bullied, there are a few things you can do to help. KNOW THE SIGNS Kids usually don’t open up about being bullied right away. However, there are some common signs that your child is being harassed. Here are a few of them:

• If they’re refusing to go to school or ride the bus, they may be dreading their bully.

• If they’re rushing to the bathroom after school, it may indicate that they’re being bullied in the bathroom, which is a common tactic bullies use to avoid teachers.

• If their grades suddenly change, it may be the result of constant harassment.

• Anxious or depressed moods can be the result of bullying as well.

If you spot one or more of these signs, it’s time to talk to your child about what’s happening to them at school. LISTEN When your child does open up, the best thing you can do is listen. It can be tempting to try to give them advice or question the way they handled the situation, but doing this can give your child the impression that it’s their own fault they are being bullied. Let them tell you the whole story, without judgment, and then help them come up with ideas on what to do next. FINDING THE RIGHT SOLUTION Once you’ve been informed that your child is being bullied, you should inform teachers as soon as possible. Apart from that, there are several ways you can help your child to deal with bullies, so talk to them about what approach they would be most comfortable with, such as de-escalation strategies or a buddy system with their friends. As with most conflicts, the sooner you handle the situation, the better.

“When I came to Cornerstone, I was very scared and nervous about what results therapy would yield. I thought surgery was the only option. I came in on crutches, and I am leaving Cornerstone walking on my own. Thank you for all of your encouragement, kindness, and positivity during this very uncertain time.” –Alisa B.

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