Autism Safety Resources

Looking for autism safety resources so you can come up with an autism safety plan? Then look no further than this list of tips, resources, social stories, and printables.

From aggressive behavior to head banging to elopement, there are lots of safety concerns that parents face when it comes to raising and parenting autistic children.

So, you're not alone if you have wondered how to keep an autistic child safe. Especially if your child has communication challenges, engages in unsafe or self-injurious behaviors, and appears to have no sense of danger.

Below you will find a variety of autism safety resources, including tips, social stories, and printables.

Autism safety resources & tips for parents: how to keep an autistic child safe

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Common Autism Safety Concerns

Please keep in mind that the following list is non-exhaustive. Nor are these concerns exclusive to autism in particular. Here are some common safety concerns:

  • Water safety
  • Home safety
  • Traffic, road, and vehicle safety, including public transportation and driving
  • Getting lost, elopement, and wandering
  • Aggressive or self-injurious behaviors
  • Communication difficulties (e.g., interactions with law enforcement, misunderstandings), especially when experiencing meltdowns or sensory overload
  • Routine changes
  • Emergency procedures (e.g., school drills, what to do in an emergency, dialing 9-1-1, first aid)
  • Bullying, harassment, abuse, and/or neglect (including consent, personal safety, etc.)
  • Mental health and suicide prevention

So the resources in the following sections may touch on any or all of these potential safety concerns.

Common autism safety concerns for parents

Create an Autism Safety Plan with these Tips & Resources

These resources are designed to help you better understand what's going on so that you can come up with an effective safety plan. They focus on head banging and teaching basic safety skills, in particular.

Printable Autism Safety Resources

Need printable visual supports to help with keeping your autistic child safe? How about some social stories that teach personal safety (including consent), school safety drills, and/or water/sun safety? Then you'll love these resources!

Resources for Teaching Autistic Kids How to Ask for Help

As mentioned earlier, communication challenges can lead to safety issues, especially when a child is feeling overwhelmed, stressed, or anxious. So it's important to help support communication difficulties by teaching them how to ask for help, advocate for their needs, and providing alternative methods for communication (among other things). Here are a few resources that might be useful:

That's it for our autism safety resources. Please check back frequently as more resources are added.

Autism safety resources & tips for parents: how to keep an autistic child safe