I meant to post this yesterday for my little informal Mental Health Monday theme, but life sort of got in the way, something I’ll probably elaborate on later. But better late than never, right? 🙂
For me, many (most?) of you, being a young child was rough. This is especially true in terms of school. Having to learn a set curriculum, taught in a set way, according to a set schedule. Bullying by other kids (and even sometimes teachers) was sandwiched into the school day like icing in a layer cake. Yawn and yikes at the same time. This fantastic post is about the bullying aspect, and various steps these pivotal adults can take in children’s lives in order for them not to have to suffer well into their adult lives.
[UPDATED to include links to other rebuttals of this piece.]
In a previous post, I said that when people who support the abuse, bullying, and belittlement of autistic people “praise me for my accomplishments … it feels like a slap in the face. You’re proud and impressed because I got here in spite of obstacles you created and that you support?”
Object lesson: a piece posted today at Autism Daily Newscast and penned by Karen Kabaki-Sisto, titled “10 Perks Kids With Autism Get From Bullying.” I won’t link to ADN’s site, but I have saved the article in .pdf format, which you can access here.
As an autistic adult who is spending thousands on therapy per year to treat the PTSD caused by childhood bullying, I’d like to do two things. The first one is to unleash a barrage of swear words not limited to the languages…
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