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How can I keep my child Safe?
- Installing secure dead bolt locks that require keys on both sides.
- Installing a home security alarm system.
- Installing inexpensive battery-operated alarms on doors and windows to alert you when they are opened. These are available at stores like WalMart and Radio Shack.
- Placing hook and eye locks on all doors, above your child’s reach.
- Fencing your yard.
The behaviors and characteristics of a child with autism have the potential to attract attention from the public. Law enforcement professionals suggest that you reach out and get to know your neighbors.
Decide what information to present to neighbors:
- Does your child have a fear of cars and animals or is he drawn to them?
- Is your child a wanderer or runner?
- Does he respond to his name or would a stranger think he is deaf?
Plan a brief visit to your neighbors:
- Introduce your child or provide a photograph
- If a neighbor spots your child outside of your yard, what is the best way for them to get your child back to you?
- Are there sensory issues your neighbors should know about?
Give your neighbor a simple handout with your name, address, and phone number. Ask them to call you immediately if they see your child outside the home. This approach maybe a good way to avoid problems down the road and will let your neighbors:
- Know the reason for unusual behaviors
- Know that you are approachable
- Have the opportunity to call you before they call 911.
Knowing your neighbors and making them comfortable with your
child’s differences can lead to better social interactions for your child.
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