Autism Safety in the Home
For most people, your home is where you go to relax and get away from all your worries and stresses. However, for parents raising an autistic child, the home can contain so many dangers that parents find themselves stressing about ways to keep their child safe.
All new parents go through some level of childproofing in their home, but with autistic children that basic level of childproofing is not enough. The reasons for a parent’s elevated—and what seems to be an extreme—level of safety is due to the characteristics that many autistic children possess: high pain tolerance, no fear, and flight risk tendencies.
The level of a child’s autism and the specific characteristics they have will determine the level of safety a parent will need to address.
During the typical toddler stage, a child is learning to walk, run, climb, crawl, jump, and play. During this time of energy and exploration, it is important to childproof your home. There are so many home safety items to consider, such as furniture safety, electricity safety, and hazardous safety are just a few to consider.