Ignoring or Walking Away from Bullies Often Doesn’t Work. Try This Instead
Being the object of bullying and teasing is an unfortunate reality for many children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum. Luckily, psychologists like Dr. Elizabeth Laugeson have made it their mission to equip kids with the tools to effectively deal with bullying.
Her program PEERS®, The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills, gives adolescents and young adults the skills they need to appropriately diffuse tension and discourage bullies from continuing to tease.
Unlike what many of us have been told in the past, walking away from bullying or ignoring it is often not the best response. In fact, sometimes doing that can even make things worse!
Check out the video to hear Dr. Laugeson discuss practical strategies that people with autism can use to stop teasing in its tracks.
The tips she provides are based on research of people who tend not to get teased very often to see what kinds of strategies they themselves use. It’s very enlightening!