When it comes to being safe at home or out in the world, our children and all of us as parents and guardians need to understand the potential dangers so we can plan ahead, teach, and help keep everyone secure. Many parents who are adjusting to their child’s individual patterns of behavior can be surprised

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in Autism Safety by Lt. Joseph Pangaro, CPM, CSO, MOI

A veteran police officer shares an on-duty interaction with an autistic teen that inspired lifelong efforts to bridge special needs knowledge gaps in law enforcement. Many years ago, when I was a new police officer, I was sent to the home of a woman who was having trouble with her 16-year-old son. That was all

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in Autism Safety by Lt. Joseph Pangaro, CPM, CSO, MOI

Research has shown children with autism are more prone to being involved in motor accidents than neurotypical children—potentially because motorists are unaware of the challenges many of these children encounter when exposed to everyday traffic. A lack of road-safety measures, coupled with the child’s inability to recognize danger, has resulted in too many autistic victims

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in Autism Safety by Okonkwo Noble

It is a common belief in the ASD community that kids with ASD “love water.” While this could be an overgeneralized claim, caregivers frequently share, blog, and post web comments related to water. Anecdotes like “he repeatedly turns on the taps to watch water run but doesn’t bother with water in a bowl,” “pours water

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in Autism Safety by Christopher Bloh, PhD, BCBA-D

Officers are generally trained to follow standard procedures. Most are not aware how autism may manifest differently than might be expected. Many officers could avoid making serious mistakes with a little bit of knowledge. Those who live each day on the spectrum don’t always respond well to standard procedures surrounding interaction, so communication with a

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in Autism Safety by Karen Kaplan, MS

It can be easy to forget that children with autism can have physical concerns in addition to behavioral challenges. Balance, coordination, and motor skills can sometimes be delayed or difficult for some children on the spectrum, so physical tasks like riding a bike might take some time to learn. In this article, we explore how

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in Autism Safety by Kim Barloso, AB

According to a recent Washington Post analysis*, over 4.1 million children endured a school lockdown during the 2017-2018 school year. More than 1 million of these children were in elementary school, with over 220,000 in preschool and kindergarten. The analysis further reveals that, on a typical school day last year, at least 16 campuses somewhere

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in Autism Safety by Rachel Copeland, MA, CCLS

As parents, we always want what is best for our children. This means we have to create a balance between pleasure and safety when planning activities for our children. This is even more important when a child is very young and has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or other special needs, as safety planning entails extra

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in Autism Safety by Sandra Tirone

The Internet has been a game changer. It is estimated that 95% of teenagers aged 12-17 are online.While the Internet has connected us to others and made information much more accessible, it also poses a tremendous potential threat to your child’s safety if left to his/her own devices.Essentially, the Internet presents us a means by

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in Autism Safety by Sarah Kupferschmidt, MA, BCBA

All parents are natural planners. As the parent of a child with a disability and a professional who assists communities and emergency planners with inclusive emergency plans, I know how much more critical emergency planning is for individuals with disabilities.   My daughter has the Angelman syndrome, a rare condition that limits her independence. I’m

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in Autism Safety by Sue Wolf-Fordham, JD

Behavioral experts say one of the key things teachers should know when dealing with a child on the autism spectrum is to not take that child’s seemingly rude or aggressive behavior personally.  Just as with any child, they say, various circumstances can trigger special needs children to express enjoyment, anger, sadness, as well as any

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in Autism Safety by Areva Martin

Disability awareness training needed Since 2014, there has been an increased national awareness regarding how police interact with the public during arrests and emergency situations. The autism community is no exception. During search and rescue missions, crime scene investigation, medical emergencies, and human services investigations, the way in which police and other first responders serve

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in Autism Safety by Katherine G. Hobbs, AA

Swimming offers numerous rewards—whether you’re a child enjoying the summer, an adult wanting to blow off steam after a long day at work, or someone trying to get some low-impact exercise. When it comes to autistic children being near the pool, however, many parents are hesitant to include them, as they are concerned about safety.

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in Autism Safety by Sherley Alaba

Every school must prepare for the unthinkable: violence in the building.  That violence can come from two specific sources: an “internal” source, like a student in the school, or an “external” source, like an intruder that gets into the building with the intent to hurt or kill people. Our administrators, teachers, support staff, and students

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in Autism Safety by Lt. Joseph Pangaro, CPM, CSO, MOI

Terrorism, school shootings, disastrous weather — these are just a few sobering reminders of the sometimes unpredictable world we live in.  In times of distress, children with autism especially need our help to navigate such confusing and scary moments.  If warranted, assistance from a qualified professional such as a psychologist, social worker, or counselor should

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in Autism Safety by Karen Kabaki-Sisto, MS, CCC-SLP

Summer is a time children often look forward to because it means a break from school for a few months.  No strict schedules — no classes — no homework.  But for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), a change in daily routine can actually create new stressors.  Children with ASD are often rigid and inflexible

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in Autism Safety by Alison Schmeer, MS