Judy S. Freedman, MSW, LCSW, has over thirty years of therapeutic and educational experience with children, adolescents, and adults in a variety of settings. As a social worker in elementary schools for more than 20 years, she created Easing the Teasing, a groundbreaking program that empowers kids with essential skills and strategies to handle teasing incidents. Ms. Freedman’s book, Easing the Teasing – Helping Your Child Cope with Name-Calling, Ridicule, and Verbal Bullying, published by Contemporary Books/McGraw-Hill, is now in its thirteenth printing and has been translated in Portuguese and Chinese. Ms. Freedman lectures and conducts workshops for parents, educators, mental health professionals, recreational personnel, and kids throughout the country. She also provides consultation in the areas of bullying prevention, empathy development, in addition to individual and group empathy lessons for children. Ms. Freedman received the Illinois School Social Worker of the Year Award in 2011.