Did you know that children with Autism are very sensitive, not just in a sensory way but emotionally as well. Recent studies have revealed shocking statistics that will change the level of care you provide to your child with Autism.
Most of us feel that our home is a safe place, and it is, at least in most cases. However, what we fail to understand are the elements that make your home safe. If you have someone with Autism at home, it is very important for you to know these statistics and preventive measures to ensure their safety. As per statics
- 46% of the total number of children who wander away from the safety of their home have autism.
- 65% of children with autism who wander are bound to be involved in the traffic-related injury.
- 27% of children with Autism come close to drowning.
None of these mean that you are a bad parent or a bad caregiver, it is not humanly possible to be vigilant 24*7 / 365 days of the year. However, there are a few things that can give you the peace of mind and sense of security you crave for. These simple tip will ensure that your child will be safe.
- Fencing: Fence your property with high wood or wall so that your child cannot easily cross over.
- One On One Supervision: When in class, request the teacher or the supervisor to pay special attention and create a behavior chart of your child for future planning of corrective measures.
- Secure Your Home: Install security alarms on your door and windows that will notify you of any unauthorized Entry or Exit.
- Communicate: It is very important to communicate with your partner or the caregiver as to who will be looking after the child and at what time as to avoid any confusion.
- GPS Trackers and Sensors: Technology has advanced so much that tracking devices are available at cheap prices. Things like GPS bracelets or bands are easily available and can help track your child. Similarly, bands with software sync can notify you instantly via your cell phone if your child wanders away after a certain distance.
- Teach your child appropriate way to ask if s/he wants to go out. For e.g. using a picture card of ‘outside’, when the child brings you the picture card, they are allowed to go outside with supervision of an adult.
- Dogs: Dogs have always been man’s best friends and proven their intelligence and love for their owners time and again. A dog can be very effective in helping your child develop certain skills that are required and can also help protect the child from danger.
- Last but not the least, keep emergency local authority phone numbers handy.
We hope these tips and statics will help you understand the risk and take care your child with autism in a much better and effective way.