Bullying is a special concern for parents of ASDs because their children may not be able to communicate with adults who could help them manage the problem and they are more likely to be bullied because they are “different.”
Here is some information to share with teachers:
· ASD students are at risk. Children with ASD are vulnerable because they don’t always see the threat. A 2002 survey of 400 ASD families found that 94% of the children had been bullied. Students with ASD are 4 times more likely to be bullied and 2 times as likely to be hit or kicked by peers.
· Isolation and manipulation are a form of social bullying.
· Engaging the class in supporting students with ASD creates a social environment that benefits all students.
· Adults can be bullies. Educational (or systems) bullying is defined as adults who are charged with assisting children using sarcasm, control, humiliation or overly punitive behavior. It is important that bus drivers, cafeteria workers, coaches, school volunteers, student-interns and others understand ASD behavior and respond appropriately.
We share a commitment to zero tolerance for bullying. An ASD child is more likely to be a victim of bullying, but it is possible they may also be perceived to be a bully. If my child is overreacting or misreading social situations, please let me know so we can work on solutions together.