Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a developmental condition which affects individuals in two main areas.
Individuals with ASD are especially vulnerable to bullying and social exclusion.
Amaze is a Victorian-based not-for-profit organisation representing around 55,000 Victorians who have ASD, and working to promote a better understanding of ASD in the general community.
Amaze offer a large number of resources about ASD, including information about diagnosis and assessment, and protecting a student with ASD from bullying behaviour at school.
Amaze developed their school-based ‘Supporting Differences' program in partnership with the Victorian Department for Education and Early Childhood Development out of a recognition that students with Autism Spectrum Disorder can be particularly vulnerable to bullying and social exclusion and may find it difficult to form and maintain friendships.
The program consists of sessions for students from Prep to Year 12 that aim to extend students' awareness of the range of differences that can be found within the classroom. The five streams of the program aim to discuss and celebrate difference in order to develop positive relationships between and among students.Find out more about the program here.
While the definition of bullying is broad and can occur in a variety of environments, it usually is a relationship problem and requires relationship-based solutions.Read More >
There are many different types of bullying that can be experienced by children and adults alike.Read More >
Spot the different signs of bullying and some of the symptoms.Read More >
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