Water Safety
Children naturally gravitate toward water, especially in the summertime. Whether a family day at the beach or cookout by the neighbor’s pool, it’s important that an adult be designated to watch the children near water. Talk to children about water safety and establish water safety rules before you leave home when they’re less distracted.
Aside from always supervising children, learning to swim is the single most important prevention strategy. This goes for you and your children. The American Red Cross offers swim classes for infants, children, teens, and adults. Classes teach water safety and provide a safe environment for non-swimmers to become comfortable in the water. Additionally, Red Cross offers a free app that can help you stay motivated between classes and progress to more advanced swimming levels. Autism Speaks offers additional water safety tips for parents of autistic children, including letting neighbors know about your child’s tendency to wander off so they can be on high alert as well.