Bullying can happen to any child, but some children are especially vulnerable. If your child has autism, he or she will be easily singled out as being different. Bullies focus on children who are perceived as weaker and unprotected. Learn how to protect your autistic child from bullying.
Self-esteem is the key
Whatever the severity of autism your child is suffering from, there is one rule you should teach them. Bullies don’t touch kids who know their value. That said, there are plenty of reasons children feel insecure, and being different because of autism can be one of those reasons.
So focus on bolstering your autistic child’s self-esteem. First, make sure that your relationship is open and well-grounded in love and understanding. If your child feels sure they can come to you with anything, you’ll hear about any troubles they have pretty fast. And a loving relationship with understanding parents is a huge dose of self-worth.
How to nurture self-esteem?
This is always tricky, but there are some universal rules. Usually, physical activity helps. If you want to give your child’s sports life some therapeutic value, try physiotherapy. It is a great way not only to keep your autistic child in shape, but also to correct any sensory integration problems your child might have.
Another good way is to encourage your autistic child to give more time to their passions and hobbies. Doing things they like and are good at helps with their self-esteem.