No parental instinct is as intense and fundamental as protecting one’s child from harm. For parents of children with autism, safety risks become magnified because of challenges resulting from fixations with narrow interests, limited situational awareness, and sensory and communication issues. So why should parents expect to do it all alone?
A Guide to Safety was written by parents, first responders, educators, and community members who share their strategies and resources to address safety threats that commonly arise during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. This tool will educate parents about how to prevent and mitigate emergency events, safety threats that may affect their child in the future, and how to teach safety habits that will build a foundation for safety in adulthood.
A Guide to Safety covers a range of topics, including:
- Safety network development
- Prevention and management of wandering and elopement behaviors
- Relationship, physical, and sexual safety discussions
- Strategies to address bullying and online threats
- Tips on money and workplace safety
It also includes sample identification documents, advice from an adult self-advocate, evidence-based safety skills lesson plans, and more.
The guide can be used independently or as a supplement to a pre-existing safety plan. It is also an excellent tool for developing first responder training programs.
Download A Guide to Safety (3.9 MB): To download, right click the link and choose "Save Target As" to save the guide to your computer. You will need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to view the guide.
Please note that OAR's inventory is limited and restrict your order only to the resources necessary to you. OAR will consider providing up to 2 copies of A Guide to Safety free of charge. All international shipping costs must be reimbursed to OAR.
For bulk orders, contact us at programs(at)researchautism(dot)org.
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