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Safety

Keeping children and adults with autism safe is paramount. Children and adults with autism often have no sense or an underdeveloped sense of personal safety. They take risks that other children and adults do not, such as wandering from caregivers, wandering from homes, crossing streets in a dangerous manner, and are attracted to water but often do not have water safety skills.

Children and adults with autism are up to seven times more likely to have contacts with the police and other public safety agencies.

Dangerous wandering is the leading source of law enforcement contact. ACT offers resources, assistance, and safety ID products in our store to help families cope with the challenges of wandering prevention.

Water safety is another top safety priority. Teach children with autism from a young age water safety skills and always supervise them near water. The Tulsa Area Safe Kids Coalition has information and tools to help keep children safe near water. Swimming lessons for children with autism are available. Alert neighbors (who have swimming pools) that your child has autism, and know the bodies of water near your home to begin searching in case of a wandering incident. Be vigilant about bathtub safety. Remember that young children can drown in as little as a bucket of water if not carefully supervised. 

ACT partnered with the Tulsa Police Department in 2009 to produce an excellent series of training videos for use in the Tulsa Police Academy and other training settings.

This book, Safety Tips for Children with Special Needs, contains general injury prevention information. Each family's situation is unique and each child has his or her own challenges. We encourage you to seek guidance from a medical specialist or injury prevention professional if you have questions that are not addressed in this book.

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