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Wandering, elopement, aggression. If you are a parent or caregiver of someone with autism, you likely have safety concerns for your loved one. Our two children have autism, and each of them have different challenges and tendencies. We compiled 12 autism safety tips to help your family keep your loved one safe inside the home and out in the community.
Since we received the Trax Play GPS Tracker, I have a peace of mind that I didn’t have before. I was able to set up a geofence and receive alerts if my son leaves that geofence. As long as I keep the battery charged – and I get mobile alerts about that, too! – I can see where my child is at all times. These trackers can be expensive, but the one that we have is budget-friendly and available on Amazon. You can read my full review of the Trax Play GPS Tracker here.
As soon as we moved into our home, we installed these double-sided deadbolt locks. You need a key for the inside and the outside. We keep keys hidden and/or out of reach near each exit in case of an emergency. This was an excellent choice for our family so that our kids can’t flip a deadbolt and leave the house.
Place your keys inside and set a combination. We love our combination lock key box. Honestly, it’s not locked at all times; however, it is locked overnight and when we recognize the days that it needs to be locked.
The fingerprint door lock is one of those things that makes me feel like we’re living in the future! If you feel like you’ve tried it ALL, this might be the answer. It can be installed on any door, including an interior room in your home.
Set these to either chime whenever a door or window opens, or to alert you with an alarm.
Sometimes a visual reminder is all that is needed to keep an individual safe. This vinyl decal is reusable and will not leave residue on your doors.
Our kids mastered all other cabinet safety locks, but these magnetic safety locks require the accompanying key to open them. This could be a great solution for younger children, or for your cabinets that contain medications or sharp kitchen utensils.
These suckers are difficult to remove. I can attest that my husband is the only one capable of removing these outlet covers in our household! Hide your outlets with these box-shaped covers.
If your loved one wanders or elopes and will wear a bracelet, this is an excellent safety option. You can include name, phone number, address, diagnosis…these bracelets are completely customizable.
Alert first responders of a loved one’s condition with these autism safety window clings for the car.
The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is behind the Child ID campaign to provide tools for law enforcement when searching for missing children. Click through to their website for a downloadable kit.
There is currently a mailing list for the National Autism Association’s Big Red Safety Box, as the grant cycle for this program has ended. You may choose to be notified if these safety boxes become available again in the future. Boxes include helpful resources for families, a MedicAlert bracelet and Shoe ID tag, adhesive visual prompts, safety alert window clings for the car, and more.