Parents of children with autism face many challenges on a daily basis, from communication difficulties to meltdowns and many more. Although each child with autism has his or her own unique challenges, many families of children with autism experience concerns for their child’s safety. Consider talking to your child’s autism therapist about home safety issues.
Toxic products are a serious safety concern for all children , however, they can be even more of a problem for children with autism. Children with autism can frequently demonstrate mouthing or eating items that are not food. To prevent your child from accidentally ingesting a toxic product, keep all cleaning products out of reach. The same applies to other common household products such as antifreeze, mouthwash, medications, and mouse poison.
Sharp and Heavy Objects
You may wish to invest in a lockable cabinet, in which you can place kitchen knives, scissors, and any other sharp objects that your child might try to play with. Additionally, walk around your home and consider whether there are any heavy objects that might fall on your child if he or she were to try to climb on furniture. For example, top-heavy TVs are a common threat to a child’s safety, since they can easily topple over and fall on a child. You can mount your TV on a wall and use furniture brackets or safety straps to secure top-heavy furniture to the wall.
Children with autism often crawl into small spaces, where they may become trapped. If you have a chest-style freezer, it’s advisable to install a lock on it. Remember to hide the key in a safe place.
For almost 20 years, The Behavior Exchange has helped families in the Dallas and Plano areas overcome challenges associated with autism. Our autism specialists use Applied Behavior Analysis to help children with autism improve their communication skills, reduce problem behaviors, and improve their social interactions. If your child is having difficulty across one or more developmental areas, call us today at (214) 556-3947 or visit our website .