Hello, I am new here.
I have an 8 year old son who was diagnosed ASD at the end of last year (though we had suspected for years). 99% of his "issues" are social.
I am having a very hard time trying to figure out how to help him understand when other kids are bullying him and that he needs to let an adult at school know. He loves everyone, everyone is his "best friend" and literally cannot comprehend when kids are being mean to him. This week in casual conversation he told me about a boy at school who was playing "early April Fools jokes" on him. The "jokes" involved pulling him down to the ground by his hair, stepping on his feet, pulling his chair out from under him and pushing his food into his face. He was not telling me to report it, he just thinks they are playing with him.
This is not the first time this has come up, his doctor and other parents at school have let me know about similar situations. He is not the easiest kid to handle, when he melts down he is often violent and the teachers at school definitely have a hard time with him. I am meeting with his teacher to discuss ideas, but...
Does anyone have tips to help him understand that, for his safety, he NEEDS to tell an adult when other kids are putting their hands on him. That it is not playing, it is inappropriate and he needs to tell?
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