Here is a list of 20 Safety Suggestions for Parents of Children with ASD courtesy of Dr. Jack Scott, FAU CARD Executive Director.
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Safety Suggestions for Parents of Children with ASD
- Inform the school that your child may have safety risks. Be specific. Ask that they be recognized in school emergency planning.
2. Ask for immediate notification of 911 if your child is missing / has eloped.
3. Ask that your school have an elopement code and an elopement policy.
4. Ask for a no personal electronics policy for your child’s classroom and on outings.
5. Ask that your child safety issues be addressed in the IEP – set goals to reduce those risks.
6. See that your child participates in swimming instruction. Arrange for practice opportunities.
7. Check your property for risks. Set up barriers for the child getting to water or risky areas.
8. If you have a pool, check for drain covers. Get and correctly use a pool fence.
9. Get Red Cross First Aid, CPR and Water Safety instruction.
10. Always have your child secured in a car seat with a seatbelt. If your child is not safe around parked vehicles, hold their hand.
11. If biking or skateboarding, see that children wear a helmet. Everyone should wear a helmet.
12. Have working fire alarms and have home fire drills.
13. Encourage your child’s teacher to have additional fire drills with your child’s class at school. All children with special needs have a need for safety at home and at school. Do not seek to have your child excused from these drills.
14. If you have a close-call, analyze the root cause of the issue. Address this cause so it is eliminated.
15. If your child elopes, get electronic tracking like Project Lifesaver and extra home alarms. Get your home security system “tuned up” to prevent elopement.
16. See that any medication in your home or homes you visit (grandparents, etc.) is secured.
17. Make the kitchen a No-Go Zone for younger children. Also laundry area and garage.
18. Have any emergency plan developed with your family and caregivers and conduct drills with this plan.
19. Model good safety behaviors for all your children.
20. Make safety a priority for everyone in your family.
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