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5 Water Safety Tips for Your Autistic Child

June 20, 2023

Swimming is a favorite summer activity, but if you have a child with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), there are extra dangers that need your attention. Children with autism are more likely to wander, and in those cases, they are often drawn to water. Drowning is a leading cause of death for children with autism, and it is so important parents take the necessary steps to keep special children safe.

This, of course, is easier said than done. Not every child likes to be in the water, especially children that struggle with sensory issues. Nonetheless, all children should still be aware of water safety in case of accidental slips or falls into a pool or river. The following five tips can help ensure that your child is safe this summer.

Water can be so much fun, but accidents can happen in seconds. Children with autism are vulnerable to drowning incidents, because the reflection and movement of the water is so enticing. Don’t wait for an emergency to take action. Water safety starts with preventative steps, and if you have a child that is prone to wandering, AngelSense can also help. It is a challenge, especially for children who would rather be anywhere than in the water, but your child is more capable than you know. Take time to teach your child  water safety for a fun and safe summer.


One Comment

  1. Candice Alvarez April 10, 2023 at 6:38 pm - Reply

    Your article on water safety is so very important in the autistic community and for those who care for them. Our autistic pre-teen son, even with a one-to-one aide disappeared so suddenly on the beach for 20 minutes because he suddenly followed the seagulls footsteps across the sand and as they flew above him. Needless to say, it was a terrifying 20 minute search for him when we found him 100 yards away with a new flock of seagulls after we had alerted the lifeguards and they had started a in-water search for him. Like many on the spectrum, his ability to elope and the speed at which it can happen in a crowded environment is unparalleled which is only complicated by his difficulty understanding his name being called even though he was completely verbal by this age. This is why we use Angelsense GPS monitoring. Thank you for your help to families like ours.

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