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Just when parents think they have it all covered for keeping their children out of harm’s way, the summer season arrives. We offer the following safety tips for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other special needs that are particularly important when the focus is on outdoor activities. These basic safety skills may someday become critical life-saving skills.
Being safe around the water:
Many children with autism and other developmental disabilities are powerfully drawn to the water, but do not understand the dangers.
Children with ASD and other special needs are more likely to act impulsively – to run away or wander – than their typically developing peers.
In emergency situations – a child has wandered from home and is lost or in physical peril – it is difficult for children with special needs to distinguish a stranger from a friend, putting them in greater danger of becoming lost or hurt. It is critical for both first responders in the community and children with special needs to feel secure around each other.
For more information to share with your local community law enforcement and safety departments, download a copy of our “Autism for First Responders” fact sheet.