By Nancy Tardif - Posted on Jul 5, 2011 269 22 If your child is old enough to speak then it may be a perfect time to teach your child how to deal with bullies. My neighbour's son is aggressive with pushing, pinching and yelling, etc (he had ASD). I was torn about keeping her completely away from him to protect her until I started thinking of what coping skill was I teaching her. I told her that his behavior was unacceptable and that she should use her words to tell him to "stop", "don't do that" or "I don't want to play with you anymore if you push". I never let her play near him unless I'm there to supervise but am very proud of how she has chosen to deal with him. On days where is is aggressive, she tells me she doesn't want to play with him because he's in a bad mood and on his good days they play sports together. My favorite was when he wanted to play tag and tagged her a bit more firmly than she would have liked and she yelled at him "No, no, no hitting J, go to your room!!". Some moms may disagree with my way of handling the situation but I gave this a great deal of thought and firmly believe that it is my responsibility to teach my daughter how to deal with adversity with courage while reaffirming to her that mommy ALWAYS has her back if she needs me to step in which by the way I have. 10 By Lori Dodd - commented on Jul 6, 2011 3 31 I have to agree, my son was bitten (on the face) a couple of times at school and we had the discussion that if another child got into his space which is the area he can hold his arms out then he can put his arms out and say no get away or you are in my space. He is only 3 but it has seem to work and he hasn't been bitten again.