New Data Show Children With Autism Bullied Three Times More Frequently Than Their Unaffected Siblings

Date Published: 
March 26, 2012

Today, the Interactive Autism Network (IAN), , the nation's largest online autism research initiative and a project of the Kennedy Krieger Institute, reports preliminary results of the first national survey to examine the impact of bullying on children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). The results show that 63 percent of children with ASD have been bullied at some point in their lives. These children, who are sometimes intentionally "triggered" into meltdowns or aggressive outbursts by peers, are bullied three times more frequently than their siblings who do not have ASD.