Children are curious creatures. They’re a handful at all ages, but those with autism provide unique challenges to parents and caregivers.
Contain the Curiosity
The natural curiosity of children with autism often finds interesting outlets. Cover all bases to ensure their safety in and out of the home.
- Install keypads and security devices out of their reach.
- Use locks and alarms where appropriate.
- Secure furniture, appliances, cords that operate window blinds, and other household fixtures that can be dislodged and fall.
- Put covers on electrical outlets and protection on any knobs (e.g., doors, oven, faucets).
- Keep certain rooms or areas (e.g., tool shed, unfinished basement) off limits. Mark them with a stop sign to make it clear.
- Lock the water heater so that the temperature from the water faucet cannot get too hot.
- Hide or bind appliance wires.
- Lock away hazardous items (sharp household objects like scissors, knives, etc.).
- Safeguard bath items and toys.
- Secure furniture items, bookcases, or objects that can be climbed and dislodged.
Safety is Habit-Forming
Children, especially those with autism, are creatures of habit. Fortunately, your home is the perfect place to develop and teach the lessons they will need during development.
- Label and organize everyday items to provide visual guides.
- Teach them what to do in stressful situations like a fire, including how to use or be around matches, lighters, stoves, grills, and fire pits.
- Stay in communication with places they frequent. The lessons learned at home don’t always carry over to others’ homes or spaces.
- Teach, practice, test, and repeat. There will be learning curves, but practice makes perfect.