The Autism Blog: Safety Skills for Participating in Community Activities
Summer is the time for being outside and trying new activities. As with anything new, there are risks involved. A child on the autism spectrum can be particularly vulnerable to a number of safety concerns; however, summertime fun and maintaining safety can coexist.
Preparing for summer activities typically requires planning and strategizing. It will be necessary to assess current safety skills to gauge appropriateness of participation for your child. The first questions should address compliance and immediate personal safety:
- Will my child stop (running, climbing, etc.) when asked to?
- Does my child respond when I call his or her name?
- Will my child come to me when requested?
- Does my child walk safely with me or do I need to hold his or her hand?
- Will my child comply with safety devices if needed, e.g., safety helmet, personal flotation device (PFD), seatbelt?