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Asperger Syndrome and Bullying: Strategies and Solutions Paperback – January 5, 2007
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This brilliant work on bullying children with Asperger's Syndrome, which is the spectrum partner to autism is long overdue. With candor and unflinching insights, Dubin has not only included statistics; a list of helpful websites; a bibliography and clearly drawn vignettes about bullying and the dynamics of bullying, he has written several clear chapters about how people can be empowered. Educators, parents and spectators have been provided with checklists of bullying behavior and ways to help end it.
One of my favorite parts in this book was when Nick Dubin related a boyhood incident wherein two peers hounded and harassed him and tricked him into being locked into a pair of handcuffs. Luckily, his father caught the bullies in the act and got Nick to tell him what was really going on. When the bullies came by Nick's home shortly after the incident, Nick's father made it clear that he was not taken in by their blandishments and cock and bull story; he defended Nick and made it plain that he would not tolerate kids mistreating his son. You can respect him. I love the way he defended Nick and did not let himself be conned and beguiled by Other People's Children. Sadly, in the case of children on the autism spectrum, peers are not the treat adults often hype them to be. Many children with autism view peers as threats and will understandably go to great lengths to avoid them. Only a masochist would want to endure abuse and sadly many children with autism suffer it on a routine daily basis. Peers are generally the chief offenders.
Nick illustrates excellent examples of this by citing several glaring incidents from his own boyhood.Read more ›
While it is true that everyone experiences a certain amount of bullying, there are many children in our schools for whom bullying is not just an occasional incident to be shrugged off. For most students with Asperger syndrome, bullying is pervasive, constant, and inescapable. They usually lack the pragmatic language skills to effectively use "comebacks" to respond to teasing, they lack the motor skills to fight back if the harassment turns physical, and they usually have few (if any) friends available to provide emotional support afterwards. Add to that the fact that persons with autism have a biologically based difficulty in dealing with frustration and you have a recipe for disaster.
Nick Dubin shows a rare understanding of the severity and nature of the problem from the standpoint of a former victim. He does a masterful job of explaining why persons with Asperger syndrome (and other forms of autism) are extremely vulnerable to bullying. He also offers a wealth of practical suggestions to combat this problem in our schools.Read more ›
This book, written in a style of a informative manual for professionals such as teachers, clearly spells out why people on the spectrum are subjected to bullying and harassment on a daily basis in the torturous prison that is our schools. The author has dedicated a chapter to some of his own experiences and uses these and the stories of others on the spectrum to plainly illustrate his points. However unlike some other books on the subject that I have read he also backs up these points with numerous references to other studies, books and other AS authorities.
I am not saying that this book is without its flaws. For one many of the strategies suggested for use by the teachers and the victims themselves will have in one form or other been tried and have often failed due in part to the fact that some bullies actively look for a chink in the armour, once it is found the whole cycle begins again. Also the book is very thin for the subject matter and while this is good in stopping the reader getting bored it does very little when you are trying to find really good in-depth material on the subject.
Having said that, this book gives a rock solid foundation for parents, victims and teachers to build on and create a better strategy for dealing with bullying of people on the spectrum and those who are not.Read more ›
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VERY GOOD AND COMPREHENSIVE VIEW OF HOW TO HELP STUDENTS WITH ASPERGERS DEAL WITH SOCIAL PROBLEMS.
INCLUDES EXTRAS INCLUDING TIPS ON WRITING DEALING WITH THIS PROBLEM INTO... Read more
I thought this was more of what to do when your asperger child is perceived as the bully. This was a valuable resource for our social skills group though for other moms - just not... Read morePublished on November 26, 2012 by Deborah A. Salanitro
i was misdiagnosed all my life until last year when i was 15. i hate being a freak. i'd rather BE DEAD than have something i hate and wish i could get rid of. Read morePublished on June 16, 2012 by carly
My 12 year old aspergers child has been bullied mercilessly in middle school. I feel empowered as a parent to help him and he feels empowered about what he can do. Read morePublished on February 1, 2012 by B. Brock
Nick Dubin presents an intimate account of what it is to be in the center of misunderstanding/intolerance. Read morePublished on October 3, 2011 by cpo5
This book was written from the heart from a straight-forward, personal account of Nick's own problems with being bullied throughout his young, academic life. Read morePublished on April 14, 2010 by Lisa Herring
I thought this book was very informative on what it is like to have Asperger Syndrome and what can be done or what should be done to help with the problem of bullying.Published on September 21, 2009 by Nancy K. Mazzola
well-written. all school educators should read t his. I am a school administrator and a parent of a son with Asperger's who is bullied in school. This is very helpful.Published on May 14, 2009 by Louise Roachfordgould