Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Stephanie Pappas of LiveScience wrote and excellent article that is troubling at times to consider. The majority of students in my school have Autism, Asperger Syndrome or other developmental disorders. However, when I reached the following line in the article, it was very hard to stomach.
Autism Puts Children At Risk For Bullying, New Study Shows
Kids with autism spectrum disorders are three times as likely as their non-affected siblings to experience bullying, a new national survey finds.
The results of the survey, which are preliminary and have not been published in a peer-reviewed journal, hint at some troubling patterns for children who have autistic disorders, particularly those with Asperger's syndrome.
According to the survey of parents by the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) and Johns Hopkins University researchers, 61 percent of kids with Asperger's have experienced bullying. In comparison, 28 percent of children with autism and 37 percent of children with other autism spectrum disorders have been bullied, parents reported. [10 Scientific Tips for Raising Happy Kids]
By: Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer
Published: on LiveScience