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Autistic kids targeted by bullies

UNPOPULAR, alone and unable to understand body language … autistic children are such an easy target for bullies.

A recent survey of 400 autistic children showed 90% had been bullied in the previous year – four times the rate of other children.

Professor Tony Attwood, clinical psychologist and leading author in the field, said autistic children often could not avoid becoming targets.

He says the real solution to the problem lies in educating schools, empowering other children to help and stopping the bullies themselves.

“We say that both parties are in need of rescuing,” Prof Attwood said.

via Autistic kids targeted by bullies | Coffs Coast Parenting | Parents and Children in Coffs Coast | Coffs Coast Advocate.

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