My eight year old son is also on the spectrum and I went to all his field trips in case he had a meltdown, and I have since he was 4. Luckily my job allowed me to do this. By doing this I was able to see how he fit with the other kids, how he reacted socially, and how much most of them accepted him the way he was, especially the girls. There will always be bullied and those who take advantage of him, but of course they didn't while I was there. I also developed a relationship with all the kids in his class and got many hugs each day when I brought him into school. If at all possible I encourage parents to do this whenever they can. It is a wonderful eye opener!