Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Protecting Children With Autism From Bullying

Kennedy Krieger Institute's Interactive Autism Network (IAN) recently released a report exploring how children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are particularly at risk of becoming victims of bullying. Children with ASD may have trouble correctly interpreting social cues, especially in a bullying situation where the bully may intentionally mislead the child.
Successful anti-bullying strategies require a team effort from school personnel, early childhood professionals and psychologists, students involved in bullying as targets or aggressors, and child bystanders. Teachers and other staff should be trained on how to respond to bullying, while victims and bullies need training in special social skills that target the perceptions, misinterpretations or interactions that contributed to the bullying in the first place.

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