Autism-proofing – The quirky way!

Sometimes when things break in our home they do so in a way that makes our home safer for our autistic son. Now I’m not suggesting y’all go around breaking things to autism-proof your home but sometimes there is a silver lining when things go kaput! There are several examples that spring to mind in our home:

1. The hot tap on the sink in our bathroom is so stiff we can’t turn it on. Our son has a real affinity to water and wouldn’t think twice of using the hot tap so it’s safer if we don’t attempt to fix it. Cold washes all around….brrrr!

2. Several door handles throughout the house need adjusting. We can operate them with ease but our son can’t open them once they are shut as he can’t pull the handles down enough to operate them. There are definite benefits to cordening off areas!

3. Our front gate jams shut and you either have to kick it or body slam against it with brut force to open it. This is my favorite ‘safety feature’ as it means he can’t out of the garden whilst locking the door etc – It’s also amusing watching cold callers and people delivering menus and other such tosh trying to open it!

4. The baby gate at the top of the stairs has broke (yes we still need to use baby gates even though he is 4). It’s locking mechanism doesn’t automatically open when lifting the handle and needs to be done manually – an added safety feature in our eyes!

So you know the saying “If it’s not broke, don’t fix it?” Well on our case the opposite is sometimes true – “if it is broke, still don’t fix it!”

Do you have any quirky safety features in your home?


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10 THINGS YOU DON’T KNOW ABOUT BABY/ CHILD PROOFING FOR AN ASD CHILD.

I’m taking part in the SEND 30 Day Challenge.  Today, day 2 is titled 10 things you don’t know about. 

I’m going to focus this on monster-proofing. You may know this better as Baby-proofing / child safety. The two are similar but NOT the same, as other parents with ASD (and other) diagnosis’ may also understand!

Please note this list is relevant for us here and now. It will change over time as our four year old ASD guy (The Monster) gets bigger, stronger and potentially more vulnerable

1. The best place for a TV is on the wall (RIP TV #1&2) thus eradicating the ability to knock pull it over. NB being on the wall does not make it safe, but rather makes it safER. You may want to consider a TV screen protector or armor to protect it.

2. Many ASD children are runners / escapists. Door and window alarms are quite literally life savers for many. We don’t need to invest just yet but they are definitely on the radar for later.

3. Soft furnishings are scarce and out of reach permanently.  If left within reach they get moved, put in mouth, broken, knocked over, played with etc.   

4. Our hot tap in the bathroom does not work. We have deliberately not fixed it to rule out the risk of The Monster scalding himself. He loves water and playing with taps is a must.

5. We will hold onto The Monster’s hand or use reigns / pushchair / stroller etc when going anywhere. He is not safe enough to walk in public / busy places without either being strapped down or in physical contact. 

6. I conduct Risk Assessments constantly! A visual inspection Is a minimum everywhere we go.  I see danger in things that nobody else will.

7. The Monster’s spatial awareness is limited so he still has a bedrail and  corners and sharp edges around the house are padded to prevent accidents, especially as our space is small and he can he sometimes stims (spins, bounces etc).

8. Medicines / lotions and potions / cleaning equipment etc is locked away or kept completely out of reach. You would probably expect to do this for any 4 year old, but this will likely be a permanent fixture in our house.

9.  Stools, chairs or anything else that can be used as a platform to reach  or climb something are closely monitored. The Monster is fearless and sees no danger in things.

10. With The Monster due to start school and getting a bit more independent we are looking at getting a tracker for him. In the event that he gets lost or runs off he wouldn’t be able to tell people anything as he is non-verbal. We need to be able to locate him quickly if this ever happens.


So there you have it. Are there any things you would add?



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