A recent article in Education Week sheds some light on our nation’s bullying epidemic as it relates to children with autism. The article focuses on a survey of 1,221 families with children who have autism, which found that 38 percent of those children had been bullied in the last month, and 28 percent were frequently bullied. Of those victims, 70 percent said they had suffered emotional trauma as a result of the bullying.
Interestingly, the study also found that 9 percent of children were perpetrators of bullying. The Interactive Autism Network conducted the study, which focused mainly on elementary and middle school children. Paul Law, the director of the Interactive Autism Network, told Ed Week, “If there’s bullying, it really needs to be a top priority.” Teachers are the solution to the problem as much as anybody is.”