We had a lot of fun and learned a lot at the Autism and Safety class on Saturday, May 14. Children with autism interacted with Officer Zink from St. Paul and two police officers from Hopkins Police Department. They even ended the afternoon with a squad car tour, taking the anxious edge off if they ever need a ride in one.
Safety tips for top concerns from parents were shared:
- Wandering – develop an emergency plan, establish trusted neighbors and call the police immediately if your loved one goes missing
- Water – teach water safety rules and enroll in an adaptive swimming class that focuses on survival skills
- Aggression – alert first responders and develop a safety plan for the whole family, teach calming strategies
- Bullying/Abuse – use tools like the 5 Point Scale for discussions on appropriate behavior, what is bullying/abuse and scripted responses to it
- Community Outings – raise awareness about autism and how it impacts your child, educate first responders and always have a tracking/safe-place-to-meet plan
CEA developed an emergency packet for families. This packet includes an Autism Alert Form that should be submitted to your local police and fire department. Submitting this form is the first step in building a relationship with first responders – the most important thing you can do to keep your loved-one with autism safe and active in the community. Contact us if you would like an emergency packet or download – EmergencyPacket.pdf.
Join us for our next Lecture Series, Autism and Immune Response on June 27!