Safety Lessons and Drills

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Most families take for granted that their children will be safe while at school. However, parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) may have more reason to worry than other parents. For example, safety lessons may be more difficult for a child with ASD to understand (for example, understanding who is a stranger), and safety drills (like fire drills with loud, unpredictable alarms) may cause sensory overload and defeat the purpose of the lesson. Your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) can require that teachers modify the way in which safety lessons are taught or can provide accommodations to lessons and drills to make them more manageable.

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Last Updated: March 16, 2014

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