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By Rick Nauert PhD Senior News Editor
Reviewed by John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on March 27, 2012


A new study suggests that nearly two-thirds of autistic children have been bullied at some point in their lives.


In the first national survey on autism and bullying behavior, researchers from the Kennedy Krieger Institute discovered that that 63 percent of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been bullied at some point in their lives.


Investigators say that these children, who are sometimes intentionally “triggered” into meltdowns or aggressive outbursts by peers, are bullied three times more frequently than their siblings who do not have ASD.


“These survey results show the urgent need to increase awareness, influence school policies and provide families and children with effective strategies for dealing with bullying,” said Dr. Paul Law, a pediatrician and director of the Interactive Autism Network at the institute.


“We hope that this research will aid efforts to combat bullying by helping parents, policymakers and educators understand the extent of this problem in the autism community and be prepared to intervene.”


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http://psychcentral.com/news/2012/03/27/kids-with-autism-often-bullied/36595.html



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