Keeping Your Autistic Child Safe – Protecting Your Kid With SPD/ASD/ADHD/Aspergers
This journey that we are on with Mikey has made us re-evaluate so many things, especially securing our home to keep him safe. Today’s topic came up because of a story we heard from our friends. Their child really wanted to get some frozen yogurt, so they got up early in the morning, left on their bicycle without letting anyone know, and started peddling to the nearest yogurt shop. Luckily the police had found their child pushing their bicycle up a hill. We were so glad that the child was found safely, and tips and advice started flooding into our thoughts so we knew we just had to share them. The most important thing is to set up an early warning system, alerting you when doors or windows are opened so that you can be aware at all times. With Mikey, the front door was always the scariest. He would open it up and just run out for no reason at all. Of course, we couldn’t forget the doggy door! It was just another place for Mikey to climb through. Wandering and elopement can become a huge stress on us as parents, so if you have the right tactics and strategies in place it can make life a whole lot easier.
Key Points From This Episode:
- Hear the story of our friend’s child, who had a hankering for frozen yogurt and took matters into his own hands.
- Learn how door and window sensors can be a great way to set up an early warning system in your house.
- Find out how we worked through Mikey’s creativity of escaping from his room and getting over any obstacle.
- Discover the tips of securing your home, teaching your children to communicate to people of authority, and getting an ID bracelet for when communication is not possible.
- Understand why teaching your children to swim can be a life saver, especially if they end up wondering around alone.
- Find out how a stop sign at the front door or in the home can help reinforce staying home and not wander out the front door.
- Hear our tips for staying safe when out in public areas, and what to use to get their attention and response.
- Discover our technique for getting all the kids in the car, so that when your hands are full you know that there is some guarantee that they will not run off.
Links Mentioned in Today’s Episode:
- Autism Speaks Website — https://www.autismspeaks.org/
- Swann Indoor Door and Window Sensor — https://www.lowes.com/pd/Swann-Indoor-Door-and-Window-Sensor/3664816
- Finding Mikey Podcast Facebook Page — https://www.facebook.com/FindingMikeyPodcast/