“Parents, educators, and other adults are the most important advocates that a student with disabilities can have.” (3) It is important that all involved adults learn and know how to communicate effectively with children with autism, and never expect the child to fix the problem.
These are children who, by their very nature, cannot read social cues, don’t know the “unwritten rules or hidden curriculum” that govern the classroom, playground and even bathrooms.
(See more on The Hidden Curriculum here.)
So we need to intervene and be aware of the uniqueness of autism, particularly Asperger’s syndrome, and how that affects “ordinary” childhood interactions.
1. IAN Research Report: Bullying and Children with ASD. Anderson, Connie, Ph.D. Interactive Autism Network. Web. Apr 10, 2013.
2. Asperger syndrome and bullying. Heinrichs, Rebekah, M.S.N., M.S. Ed. Autism Support Network. Web. Apr 10, 2013.
3. Bullying: a guide for parents. The National Autistic Society. Web. Apr 10, 2013.
4. Bullying & Harassment of Children with Special Needs: Top Ten Facts Parents, Educators and Students need to know. National Bullying Prevention Center. Web. Apr 10, 2013.
Reviewed April 10, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith