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Safety concerns exist for all families.
Losing a child in a crowd; a youngster crossing the street or parking lot; a refreshing dip in a pool, running through rain-swollen gutters and even outdoor playground areas are cause for parental anxiety. For the family of a child with autism, safety becomes an increased worry because some children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) are helpless in understanding the importance of safety.

Factors that contribute to safety concerns and a child’s lack of understanding include:

There is no single approach or magic solution to working with safety issues. However, prevention is critical and must be the primary focus. There will be many situations that need ongoing supervision.

Strategies for Teaching Safety Skills

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