Children with Asperger's Bullied More Than Other Children with Autism

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Nearly 70 percent of children with autism are the targets of bullies, according to a study.  In addition, children who have Asperger's Syndrome are bullied more than other children with autism are.

Children with Asperger's may be targeted more because their impairments are not obvious. Their outward appearance of normality masks the difficulties they have in common with other children on the autistic spectrum.

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The study found that children who exhibit traits such as "flapping or spinning" are less likely to be picked on. Those traits are not associated with Asperger's.

Children who exhibited "clumsiness, poor personal and oral hygiene, rigid rule keeping, continuing to talk about a topic when others are bored or annoyed, frequent meltdowns and inflexibility or rigidity" were more likely to be targeted by bullies. These traits are commonly seen in children with Asperger's Syndrome.

For information on how to protect your child from bullies, see:

Six tips for protecting your children with autism from school bullies 

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