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Wednesday 16 Apr 2014

Bullying

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Article by Stephanie Ekis, MS, CCC-SLP

We constantly hear the horrible stories of kids bullying other kids.  When I think of the children that I have known from my past years as a Speech-Language Pathologist, I immediately think about the challenges they face with social interaction and communication and how this totally sets them up to be a victim.

 Stopbullying.com defines bullying as:

 Unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose.

 I recently read an article about a survey on bullying and autism.  I was blown away when I read that 160,000 children with autism miss school every single day for fear of being bullied!  Here are a few of the statistics reported…

  • 63 percent of children in grades 1 through 10 (ages 6 to 15) report having been bullied
  • 43 percent of ASD children who attended regular public schools report being bullied
  • 61 percent of children with Asperger’s syndrome reported being bullied
  • 28 percent of children with autism and 37 percent of children with other ASDs reported being bullied

 To read the entire article and how you can help your child with autism who may be the victim of bullying, visit http://health.yahoo.net/articles/parenting/how-can-parents-help-their-autistic-child-who-being-bullied