Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Bullying Causes Significant Short-Term Emotional And Physical Consequences For Children With Autism

Combating Bullying

A New Study from the IAN Finds Bullying Causes Significant Short-Term Emotional And Physical Consequences For Children With Autism
This is no surprise, its just confirmation. The study confirmed what everyone knows, that children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are especially vulnerable to bullying. I remember how kids bullied special needs kids when I was in school and it was ugly then, just as it is now. I hated seeing it and never imagined that my child would be a target of such ugliness. That being said, there are many reasons why I have worked to keep my son included in a public school vs electing for a non-public school, not the very least of which is my commitment to teaching my son how to exist in the general population, and giving the general population an opportunity to be freed from their fear of the unknown by getting personally acquainted with one of the 1 in 55 boys who have autism.
 In our case Nick, to the best of my knowledge has only been directly bullied twice. One resulted in a bloody nose, but it was worth it because he wasn't badly hurt and we got to watch the kids in his general education class powerfully stand-up for him! His participation in general education make him a part of the community where some kids grew to like him and appreciate him for him. But I know all of our kids are not having such a good outcome, and for that matter it's not going so great for Nick in high school.  I have few solutions, however I just learned that the The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) released initial results of a national survey on the bullying experiences of children on the autism spectrum. The study found that a total of 63% of 1,167 children with ASD, ages 6 to 15, had been bullied at some point in their lives. In other words, children with ASD are bullied at a very high rate. If that’s not upsetting enough, the report stated that they are also often intentionally “triggered” into meltdowns or aggressive outbursts by ill-intentioned peers. To me this is torture of another human being and our schools need to take a strong stand, every time, and so do we!! We all need to know our kids rights so we can make a difference. Here’s a link to the Special Needs Anti-Bullying Toolkit which includes the Top Ten Facts Parents, Educators and Students Need to Know.  specialneeds.thebullyproject.com It’s well worth the click, it's like a step by step guide on what to do, and how to do it. Thanks IAN.
Bullying Causes Significant Short-Term Emotional And Physical Consequences For Children With Autism
I found additional  information on the Autism Speaks Website and you can Click here to read the IAN report. 

1 comment:

  1. This Movement against Bullying needs to gain more momentum and that only happens with sharing knowledge and experience and truly empowering children to stand up for their safety online and everywhere.The bullying was hideous and relentless, and we turned it round by making ourselves celebrities.When you hold people up for ridicule, you have to take responsibility when other people act on it. The key is to keep company only with people who uplift you, whose presence calls forth your best be a friend who protects check this out at http://safekidzone.com/#!/page_home.