Bullying, from the Perspective of People with Autism

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By Marcella Mackowiak

There is something about bullying that makes my skin crawl. I have an overweight nephew who was picked on daily by his bully. We watched his self-esteem slowly descend into the ground as it was being buried. One day, he got the courage to stand up to his bully. While it was physical, he was never bullied again.

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Not all people can be physical. Those living with ASD might not even quite understand what is happening to them. I had the pleasure of working with a young man who didn’t even realize that he was being bullied. The stories that he told were horrendous and brought tears to my eyes. At that point, I was very elated that he was no longer in that school setting.

Image result for pictures of people being bullied Autism Speaks put out an INCREDIBLE article about bullying from the person who is being bullied’s perspective. Those with ASD get a chance to tell the bullies “what they want them to know.” They also did one on ways to take a stand against a bully. I have included links to both as they are both important to those we care about, ASD or not!

https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2016/07/26/9-things-people-autism-want-bullies-know?utm_source=email&utm_medium=text-link&utm_campaign=espeaks

https://www.autismspeaks.org/blog/2015/03/27/7-steps-take-stand-against-bullying?utm_source=email&utm_medium=text-link&utm_campaign=espeaks

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Author: optionsforcollegesuccess

Options for College Success is incorporated as a 501(c) 3 not for profit organization. The population we serve are young adults with learning challenges and disabilities. Our program focuses on six areas of a student's life. We take an individualized approach to ensure that each student is able to realize their full potential. No cutting corners, just the help they need when they need it. www.optionsforcollegesuccess.org 847.425.4797

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