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Safety awareness skills are important throughout all stages of life; from early childhood, to adolescence, to adult life and necessary across all environments (e.g., home, community, school, workplace). Teaching these skills are not only crucial to keeping individuals safe but also giving them the tools to lead a more independent life. Those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often lack safety awareness skills. Safety awareness skills include but are not limited to the following: safely crossing the street, avoiding situations that may cause harm to oneself or others, “stranger awareness,” fire safety skills, and knowledge of community signs. Another basic safety skill for children with autism is learning to follow the direction “stop.” This skill is invaluable in busy parking lots and in any public venue. Parents can start by having the child walk toward one parent while another adult is behind him. Community Safety Skills are any skills that an individual needs to be safe and independent in the community setting. Those diagnosed with autism can be taught safety awareness skills using Behavioral Skills Training (BST), video modeling, a combination of both and/or In-Situ training . Important Strategies are : Use social stories to teach about personal safety. Put up physical barriers and keep things properly secured Work on reinforcing skills like holding hands Use maps Put up signs with simple rules Put up stop signs for anything that is unsafe or off limits Install door chimes/bells Teach scripted language about personal safety

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