Bullying Social Story


This resource provides a visual guide for individuals with autism on what to do if they get bullied.

A man saying

Bullies say mean words and hurt others’ feelings.

A woman standing with her arms out in front of her.

It can be scary to get bullied. I need to learn how to deal with bullying if it happens to me.

A woman running away from a man.

I try to avoid the bully as much as possible.

A man with a skateboard standing away from a group of three women.

When the bully is around, I stay with a friend or in a group.

A woman holding a cell phone in front of her.

I act confident and do not show that I’m scared, even if I am.

A woman standing with her back turned to a man.

If the bully talks to me, I ignore him.

A woman pointing her finger at a man.

If he continues to talk to me, I talk back using a calm but firm voice.

A woman standing with her arms out to her sides.

I use “I” statements, such as “I don’t like that.” This is a way to be assertive.

A man with his hands up standing next to a woman.

I stand up straight and tall and look the bully in the eye to show that I am not afraid.

A woman.

I do not show the bully that I am scared, sad, or angry.

A woman running.

I walk away from the bully when I can.

A woman talking on a cell phone.

I tell a trusted adult about the bully.

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.