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Bullying and ASD

Mar 03, 2013 -- 4:39 pm
It is not unusual to hear stories about students - with and without disabilities -being bullied. Stories about bullying have captured media attention as children cope with being bullied and as families attempt to adjust to losing a loved one to suicide motivated by bullying. The reality is that students on the autism spectrum are bullied more often than students without disabilities. In fact, of the students who are bullied, 63% are on the autism spectrum. Regardless of the outcome associated with bullying and whether the student has a disability or not, bullying is a serious and pervasive problem that must be addressed in schools. Bullying involves repeated harmful actions toward an individual or a group. It is brought on when someone is perceived to have a weakness, a challenge, or a difference that may serve to both isolate them and to make them a target for harmful acts. Bullying often occurs in front of or includes others, and witnesses can play in important role in increasing or decreasing bullying, if they choose.

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