The child’s educational setting was the biggest factor in how often bullying occurred. Children with Asperger syndrome tended to have the highest rates of bullying because they were more likely to usually develop peers.
The study shows that 63 percent of children with ASD have been bullied at some point in their lives. These children sometimes become deliberate "triggered in a breakdown or aggressive outbursts by colleagues".
"These survey results show that the urgent need to raise awareness, influence school policies and provide effective strategies for dealing with bullying, families and children", said Dr. Paul Law, director of the Interactive Autism Network Project at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. "We hope that this research will help fight bullying helps parents, politicians and educators understand the extent of this problem in the autism community and be willing to intervene."