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Kids with Poor Communication Skills More Likely to be Bullied

A new study from researchers in Great Britain found that children with specific language impairment (SLI) are more likely to be bullied.

SLI is a developmental disability affecting about 4-7% of all children. SLI children are of normal intelligence but have a hard time understanding language and communicating their feelings to others. It is more common than autism and typically affects more boys than girls.

Professors Gina Conti-Ramsden and Emma Knox interviewed 139 16-year-olds with SLI and 124 who are considered normal.
"Our investigation showed that young people who experience bullying can often become anxious and depressed in adolescence," Dr. Knox said. "Young people with SLI may lack the necessary communication skills to enable them to report bullying and talk about their experiences, leaving them to suffer in silence."
This study appears in Educational and Child Psychology.

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Labels: social_skills, communication, bullies

Posted By: Aspen Education Group