Children do not come in a "one-size-fits-all" formula. All of our children are different, and at Raise The Good, we honor that. That is why I loved the topic of this article. Outside safety for autistic children is not something I had ever thought about, but I now absolutely see the need for more education for it.
I hope you enjoy all of these helpful tips!
Guest Post by Danny Knight
As children grow older, they will become increasingly likely to want to play outside without supervision. As a parent of a child with autism, this can be scary. How do you make sure that your child enjoys the benefits of playing outdoors without being in danger from wandering and other hazards? The answer is to create a backyard space that contains them while stimulating their imagination and development.
Keeping Children In
You don’t want your child to feel trapped, but you do need to take every precaution to make sure they do not wander away from the house. Before you let them play by themselves in the backyard, do the following:
For those of us with pools, summer is both a source of endless fun and endless worry. According to the National Autism Association, accidental drowning makes up 91 percent of deaths in children with autism. In order to avoid this, there are a few pool safety essentials you should follow:
You could also install a pool cover, if you have the budget. As well as providing a physical barrier for a wandering child, the Energy Department estimates that pool covers can save 30-50 percent in water use, and reduce the need for chemicals. That said, for it to be an effective tool for child safety, you need to invest in a more expensive model that does not allow anything to fall through the sides.
Perhaps the best way to ensure your child doesn’t get distracted by something dangerous is to create an environment that offers plenty of safe entertainment and stimulation. The only rule is to keep in mind your child’s specific sensory triggers, as what is a lovely sound for some autistic children is unbearable to others.
There are a few precautions you can take for your peace of mind, and that can make it easier to find your child if they do get lost or are in danger:
Sending your autistic child out to play does not have to be a stressful experience. In fact, an autism-friendly backyard is a wonderful opportunity for educational sensory play and interaction with nature, both of which are excellent for a child’s development. With a bit of planning and consideration, you can build an outdoor space that your child will enjoy for years to come.
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