Tuesday, May 24, 2022

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  • My children and I have been diagnosed with mild autism spectrum disorders, formerly known as Asperger’s Syndrome. I’ve done a fair bit of reading about this.

    One thing that I’ve learned is that the social awkwardness associated with my disorder attracts bullying. Tony Attwood has suggested that children with this disorder be provided with mentors to help steer them through social minefields, such as recess and lunch.

    Isn’t it likely that bipolar kids, or kids with bipolar potential, are similarly attracting bullying due to their issues?

    Also, might not they be more likely to perceive situations as bullying or abusive when they’re not? I’ve certainly seen that in my family.

    Granted, preventing bullying is important. I was distressed as a mom that the schools’ approach was to attempt to locate bullies and punish them. It seemed to me a more prudent approach to assume that there would be bullies and provide protection for my kids in advance.