An Autism-Safe Home

July 31, 2018

If you have a youngster living with autism, they may not have an understanding of safety or danger, which easily makes everyday items a safety risk to your child. Think about shampoo, food, and cleaning supplies — they’re not inherently dangerous until they are. Your child themselves may be their own safety risk as they learn how to open and unlock doors. So, how do you protect your child and secure your home and keep everyone in it safe?

At Pinnacle Autism Therapy, safety is something we value very highly and want to help guide you towards a safe home that your child can blossom and learn in. Join us today as we explore how to keep your home secure and your child safe.

The Lock Down – Keeping Your Autistic Child Safe

 

Curiosity is a major part for all children, and when your child learns how to unlock and open doors, it’s easy for them to make an exit. Keep your child safe by locking the doors, either by installing a deadbolt that requires a key on both sides or placing a deadbolt in a high place. It’s also important to store keys in places they can’t find. If you have a younger, toddler-aged child, you can place safety gates around the house to keep them from specific areas.

 

Some other common safety items include:

 

  • Cabinet locks
  • Toilet locks   
  • Outlet covers
  • Securing tall bookshelves to the wall

 

Room By Room

 

To ensure your child is safe, it’s important to go through each room and assess what you can do to make it safer, below are some considerations.

 

Your child’s room – Kids, especially those with autism, tend to wander around at night. You can prevent injuries and accidents by locking the door from the outside, or installing a gate to help contain them.

 

Windows – Windows are a great curiosity and kids with autism love to climb out of them! It’s important to keep your windows closed and locked. If your child has a tendency to hit or bang their heads against the windows, you may need to replace them with a glass-alternative such as plexiglass.

 

A typical house can be a dangerous place for those with autism who don’t know how to monitor their own safety. By locking your home and keeping your child’s bedroom locked at night or with a gate, this helps prevents injuries and keeps your child safe.

 

There are many more safety things to cover, so stay tuned for part two!

For more information about our autism therapies or safety in the household, contact our center today!

 

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