Study: Children with High Functioning Autism at risk for Bullying

Mark Bertin Blog

While this study is pending acceptance in a peer-reviewed journal, the issue it raises is common.   Children with high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome have often transitioned into more mainstream settings with fewer supports.   They may receive little or no support during less structured times during the day, such as lunch or recess, when in reality they often need more support during less structured time.   As much as their overall social abilities have increased, they need continued behavioral supports to avoid social issues such as bullying.   In addition, the authors suggest direct benefits from learning how to manage stress and emotions.