Autism Issues Complicate Anti-Bullying Task

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    Autism Issues Complicate Anti-Bullying Task - Education Week

    Autism spectrum disorder, characterized by social impairment and communication difficulties, leaves some youths less able to recognize teasing or bullying when it occurs, said Ellen F. Murray, a clinical manager at the Center for Autism and Related Disorders in Alexandria, Va.

    "They may not even understand teasing if it's happening right in front of them, much less if it's behind their back," said Ms. Murray. "A lot of our kids would definitely not pick up on those social cues and understand the perspective of another student."

    With those challenges in mind, experts say that one way for schools to address bullying of students with autism is to take a step back and examine the entire school environment. And, while social-skills training is commonly a part of the individualized education program, or IEP, for students with autism, such instruction should not be limited just to them, experts say.