Bullying is a serious problem for people with Asperger profiles, both at school and in the workplace. Displaying “different” behavior, such as not understanding social rules or hand-flapping, exacerbates the risk of being victimized. Nick Dubin describes the bullying behavior he and others have experienced, and the effect this has had on their lives. He outlines the reasons for bullying behavior, and the critical importance of “involving the bystander.” He provides a range of effective strategies that can be applied by parents, professionals, schools, and individuals being bullied. He stresses the importance of peer intervention, empathetic teachers, and verbal self-defense, and shows how lack of support, condemning of “tale telling,” or even blaming the victim reinforces bullying. This book offers individuals with AS who are being bullied the opportunity to see that they are not alone, and it is an invaluable source of advice for parents, teachers, professionals and personnel managers.
Asperger Syndrome and Bullying: Strategies and Solutions
By Nick Dubin