A study based on information collected from 920 parents suggest an estimated 46.3% of adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) were victims of bullying, substantially higher than the national prevalence estimates of 10.6% for the general adolescent population. The rates of perpetration of bullying (14.8%) and victimization/perpetration (8.9%, i.e., those who perpetrate and are victimized), were about equivalent to national estimates found among typically developing adolescents.
The results indicated that victimization was related to having non-Hispanic ethnicity, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, lower social skills, some form of conversational ability, and more classes in general education.
The study indicated that “future interventions should incorporate content that addresses the core deficits of adolescents with ASD, which limits their verbal ability to report bullying incidents.”
The study abstract is available at http://tinyurl.com/8jdt2q4
We offer social skills group as well as counseling/therapy for children with ASD to help cope with bullying. If you or someone you know would like more information contact our office at 503-352-0240.