The majority of autistic children and adolescents have experienced frequent bullying by peers. Parents, teachers, and psychologists are very concerned about the psychological consequences which include school refusal, suspension, depression and trauma. Research on the prevalence rates of bullying for autistic children show that 40% experience daily bullying and a further 33% experience bullying two to three times a week. This contrasts with the prevalence of being a target for bullying for typical children of only 10%.
The webcast will focus on why autistic students are more likely to be bullied than their peers, the psychological effects of bullying on autistic boys and girls, and how they can acquire appropriate reactions and strategies to reduce the frequency and type of bullying. There also needs to be a whole school approach to bullying that includes the autistic child, peers, teachers, and school administration.
About the speakers
Prof Tony Attwood PhD With a remarkable career spanning five decades, Professor Tony Attwood is one of the world’s foremost specialists on Autism. Holding an Honour’s degree in Psychology from the University of Hull, a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from the University of Surrey, and a PhD from the University of London, his credentials are a testament to his expertise. Currently serving as an adjunct Professor at Griffith University in Queensland, Professor Attwood’s impact has enriched the global understanding of autism.
Alongside Dr Michelle Garnett, Professor Attwood co-founded Attwood & Garnett Events in 2019, driven by the shared goal of enhancing autism awareness and understanding. Their shared vision seeks to reshape the narrative surrounding autism to create a world where autism is embraced, and the diverse strengths, talents, and perspectives of autistic individuals are celebrated. This transformative narrative fosters a more inclusive and accepting society, benefitting all its members.
Renowned for his extensive contributions to understanding Asperger’s Syndrome, now commonly referred to as autism, Professor Attwood has authored numerous publications on the subject. His seminal book, Asperger’s Syndrome: A Guide for Parents and Professionals debuted in 1998, resonated globally and has since found its voice in over 25 languages, making his insights accessible across cultures and continents.
With a dedicated commitment to practical application, he has run a private practice for 30 years, only recently closing his books due to a long waiting list. Beyond his clinical work, he dedicates significant time to travel, sharing insights and knowledge through workshops and seminars across national and international platforms.