Despite the growing awareness, bullying is still common in schools these days. Some kids are bullied and some bully others. But, as a new study finds, kids with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) may have an even harder time with bullying, being many times more likely than their neurotypical siblings to have experienced it in their lifetimes. Even more disturbing, autistic kids may be intentionally triggered into having meltdowns by bullies who know how to push the right buttons.
The new study, from Kennedy Krieger’s Interactive Autism Network,
surveyed families with autistic and non-autistic siblings from all over
the country, asking about their experience with bullying in the past