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Autism facts - bullying

According to a recent national survey conducted by the Interactive Autism Network and John Hopkins University researchers, 61 percent of kids with Asperger's Syndrome have experienced bullying. 

Studies have also shown that the poor emotional regulation skills of many children with autism makes them more likely to be targeted by bullies.  [To read more, copy and paste the following link into your browser: http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/743027]

In addition to advocating for other efforts in schools to reduce bullying and encouraging teachers to develop more inclusive classroom climates, this research emphasizes the need for teaching children with autism skills to cope with bullying and other social pressures.

One resource for teaching these skills is an anti-bullying kit which was co-authored by Carol Gray - best known for developing the strategy known as "Social Stories."  This violence prevention program is called No Fishing Allowed, and it helps to teach students the skills they need to better understand and respond in potential bullying situations as well as to provide informative materials for teachers to help them better address bullying.

To watch a video with more information and resources related to bullying and autism, click here.

This information is provided by the Orange County Schools District Autism Team.  Special thanks to one of the parents in our district for providing information about the anti-bullying curriculum by Carol Gray. 

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