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Nearly half of children with ADHD are victims of bullying, and 16% have bullied other children — more than double the amount of bullying experienced by neurotypical peers.
Do these descriptions sound familiar “My child is bullied, picked on, or excluded by other children” or “My child is implicated and bullies others, picks on them, or excludes them”
Risk factors of being bullied. Difficulty making or keeping friends. Family financial strain, developmental delay or intellectual disability, friendship difficulties, and the frequency of school contact with the family.
Risk of perpetrating bullying. Boys were more likely than girls, and younger children were more likely than older children. The strongest predictor was a child who “argues too much.” Other significant predictors for BP included receipt of government assistance, difficulty staying calm, friendship challenges, lack of interest/engagement in school, and the school contacting the family.
The majority of the children (64%) were taking medications for ADHD, while slightly less than half (45%) had received ADHD behavioural treatment.
Teasing and playful banter are an inevitable part of childhood, but children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) often don’t know how to respond. Parents should encourage their children to stand up to teasing without overreacting, which might escalate the problem.