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."
Almost 1,200 parents of children with ASD participated in the survey. Results show that these children (ages 6 to 15) are particularly prone to bullying and point to a number of risk factors.
Where and when bullying occurs
- While bullying occurred at every grade between 5 th and 8 th grades the worst seemed, currently being bullied with 42 to 49 percent of children with ASD in this class.
- Children with ASD Attend regular public schools at a rate of almost 50 percent more than bullies , in the settings private school or special education.
- Types of bullying most commonly reported will include, teased, picked up, or made fun of (73 percent); deliberately ignored or left out things (51 percent); called bad name (47 percent); and pushed, pushed, hit, hit or kicked (almost 30 percent).
Possible risk factors
- While parents reported that 39 percent of children with ASD were victimized in the month before the survey, only 12 percent of siblings typically develop between the ages of 6 to 15, over the same period, Children with ASD are bullied at a rate more than three times higher , when their pristine siblings were bullied.
- About ASD diagnostics, 61 percent of children with Asperger’s syndrome experienced bullying, a rate almost double that of children with other diagnoses on the autistic spectrum. This may be due in part to other school placement across the factions.
- Behaviors and traits associated with the goal of bullying include clumsiness, poor hygiene, rigid regulation, a popular topic, frequent breakdowns and inflexibility talking compulsively.
- These children want to interact with others but have a hard time making friends, are 57 percent harassed compared to only 25 percent of children who prefer to play alone and 34 percent of children who will play, but only when someone approaches.
Experience as a tyrant and "Bully-Victims"
While children with ASD are often victims, they can also be viewed as bully behavior, or at least as a bully.
- 46 percent of children with ASD only became victims of bullying, while 17 percent of children with ASD became a bully victim, Are defined as a Child, was harassed and bullied too.
- 52 percent of parents noted that colleagues their child deliberately a meltdown or aggressive outbreaktrigger mocked.
Researchers believe that deficits in social understanding often in children with ASD can lead to child bullying behavior that is different from that usually indicated by child development. For example, an honest but socially unacceptable remark like "you’re fat of the kids with ASD" considered to be deliberately cruel by others when it is not. Likewise, a child with ASD who accidentally bumped into may interpret this as intentional and punch in a way that looks like bullying.
"Children with ASD are already vulnerable. Experiencing teasing, teasing, ostracism, or other forms of malice a child who has already struggled to cope with can become completely unable to function ", said Dr. Law. "The topic is complex and we plan to carefully analyze the data and publish peer review results that serve to promote policy and care for individuals with ASD."
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