Stranger Danger and Autism Spectrum Disorder: What You Need To Know https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/stranger-danger-and-autism/

Stranger Danger and Autism Spectrum Disorder: What You Need To Know

When we warn our children about stranger danger, we tend to focus on random strangers and neighbors we don’t know. Unfortunately, stranger danger can come from many different places, including the Internet, our communities, or even our family. Teaching children about personal safety and who they can trust is important. Stranger danger should be the

Teaching Safety Skills to Students with Autism

Teaching Safety Skills to Students with Autism

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

Autism and Law Enforcement: Greater Awareness and Training Needed

Autism and Law Enforcement: Greater Awareness and Training Needed

Young people on the spectrum and the law enforcement community can, and do, come into contact all the time. The resultant interaction can be beneficial for both groups or it can become problematic. The question is why it would be a problem and how can we change the dynamic to ensure the encounters are positive?

Police Officers and Kids on the Spectrum

Police Officers and Kids on the Spectrum

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

Raising Motorists’ Awareness of ASD Children

Raising Motorists’ Awareness of ASD Children

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

Ready to go Outside: Creating a Road Safety Checklist for Your Child

Ready to go Outside: Creating a Road Safety Checklist for Your Child

While special care needs to be taken by all parents to ensure their children are safe, even more attention than usual can be required in autism families. Taking care of a child with autism means dealing with the constant worry about keeping him/her safe, which can be exhausting and stressful—but it isn’t the world’s end.

Helping Fire Fighters Better and Autism Families Develop a Key Partnership

When firefighters are called, the situation is usually very dangerous. They have to move fast to keep everyone safe. The general community understands how to respond when firefighters are on the scene. But those with autism, maybe even your son or daughter, don’t necessarily know what to do. So parents need to be proactive, not

A Look at the Connection Between Autism and Water

It is a common belief in the ASD community that kids with Austism “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

Autism and Wandering, How to Keep Our Loved Ones Safe

It was a beautiful day in early autumn. I was in my mother’s backyard with my children, draining a little pool we had set up for them. I wanted to take them in and get them dried off because we were about to have some lunch. My mother had wisely installed a latticed room on

How to Teach Autistic Child To Ride Bike

How to Teach an Autistic Child to Ride a Bike

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

How to Protect a Child With Autism From Sexual Abuse https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/protect-child-autism-sexual-abuse/

How to Protect a Child With Autism From Sexual Abuse

Each day children wake up and get ready to attend school. During that process, every parent expects that their child will arrive back home in the same condition as when he/she left. Current estimates suggest that 1:3 girls and 1:10 boys will be sexually abused by the time they are 18 years old (Tang, Freyd,

Harassment: Ways to Reduce Risk Situations for People With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/harassment-reduce-situations-people-autism/

Harassment: Ways to Reduce Risk Situations for People With Autism

When you’re a parent of a child of any age with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), you’re always on the lookout for possible problems. As children get older, problems get more complicated—what used to be unexpected swerves and bumps can become potholes and landmines with serious consequences. Sexual harassment is a land mine. The issue surrounding

Ways You Can Use the IEP to Create the Best Emergency Plan https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/creating-the-best-emergency-plan/

Ways You Can Use the IEP to Create the Best Emergency Plan

It’s a sad fact that school shootings have become quite common. 2018 is already on track to be a deadlier year than 2017. Last year 25 students or teachers were killed in school shootings. So far, in 2018, there has been a 63% increase in deaths from school shootings. As a result, most schools now

How to Protect Your ASD Child From Drowning https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/protect-your-child-from-drowning/

How to Protect Your ASD Child From Drowning

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

Internet Safety Rules You Need to Teach Your Child with ASD https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/internet-safety-rules-to-teach/

Internet Safety Rules You Need To Teach A Child With Autism

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

Family Emergency Preparedness with Special Needs https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/family-emergency-preparedness-autism

Family Emergency Preparedness with Special Needs

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 concerned

The Urgent Need to Stop Criminalizing Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/stop-criminalizing-autism/

The Urgent Need to Stop Criminalizing Autism

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

First Responder Training to Include Autism Awareness https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/first-responder-training-include-autism-awareness

First Responder Training to Include Autism Awareness

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

3 Simple Ways to Help Your ASD Child Prepare for Costume Days https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/help-asd-child-prepare-for-costume-days

3 Simple Ways to Help Your ASD Child Prepare for Costume Days

Dressing up is a fun way to teach imaginative play and is often used as a theme at school or daycare. It is also a tradition for those who celebrate Halloween and trick or treating. Recently, my son’s daycare asked that all girls arrive to school in a princess theme costume and all boys arrive

Teaching a Child with Autism to Swim Can Save a Life

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.

Helping Special Needs Children Communicate in an Emergency https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/autism-communicating-in-emergency/

Helping Special Needs Children Communicate in an Emergency

Friendship can lead to some of the most amazing achievements. When Sharon Jalette of Farmingville, NY, was asked by a friend to create an identifying tag for her nonverbal child with autism to wear in the car in the event of an emergency, she jumped at the chance to help.  As the child of a

Safety Measures You Need to Take After an Autism Diagnosis https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/safety-measures-after-diagnosis

Safety Measures You Need to Take After an Autism Diagnosis

After your child has been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), a rush of thoughts may invade your mind.  Many questions might run through your mind: what do I do next? How do I prepare? Why has this happened? How do I cope? Though each question is valid, sometimes the uncertainty of it all can

Keeping Kids with Autism Safe When Violence Erupts https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/keeping-autism-children-safe

Keeping Kids with Autism Safe When Violence Erupts

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

5 Simple Ways to Help Prevent Wandering in Children with Autism

If you are a parent to a child with autism, then you may have a child who tries or has tried to escape or elope from your home, your supervision when in public or even from their classroom at school. It can be scary if you think you have 60 seconds to run to the

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Valuable Ways to Help Your Child with Autism Cope with Traumatic Events

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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Tips for Making the Adjustment to Summer

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