Almost half of teens with autism bullied: study

A recent survey of parents with children on the autism spectrum found that close to half of all teenagers are bullied at school. (See our website news story here.)

The results, published Monday in the Archives of Pediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, represent a much higher rate than the estimated 11 percent of bullied kids in the general population.

Previous studies have found that victims of bullying are more depressed, lonely and anxious and do worse in school than those who aren't.

This means that bullying adds an additional challenge for those with autism, who may already struggle more than the other kids.

These findings suggest that schools should target their anti-bullying campaigns toward the more vulnerable populations, such as children with special needs.

To read the entire article, visit the 'Chicago Tribune' here.

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