13 Autism-Friendly Tips for a Fun and Safe Summer

Summer Kids Autism Guide

Tackle Summer with confidence! Check out our safety tips for a fun, healthy summer the whole family can enjoy. 

POOL/WATER SAFETY 

  • Be sure to pack a lifejacket and other floatation devices.
  • Make sure your child has a tracking device (such an identification bracelet).
  • Make sure there is a lifeguard or adult on-watch at all times and notify them to keep an extra eye-out for your child.
  • Make sure your child knows how to swim, or has an adult with him in the water at all times.
  • If you have a pool, make sure it is secured with a gate or fence to ensure that your child does not go in unattended.
  • Consider swim lessons for your child with an experienced instructor.
  • To learn more about wandering prevention, visit: AWAARE or AutismSafety.org.

STAYING NON-TOXIC THIS SUMMER

  • Sun safety is very important for preventing sunburn and long-term sun effects, like skin cancer. Make sure your sunscreen is hypoallergenic, chemical-free, and playground safe with a strong SPF.
  • Pack non-toxic insect repellant to avoid pesky bugs.
  • Be sure to read the labels on the products you buy, make sure they are free of harmful chemicals, such as phthalates, parabens, and synthetic fragrances.
  • Check the EWG’s Sunscreen Guide for non-toxic brands free of those pesky chemicals

STAY HYDRATED 

  • Dehydration is very common during summer. Make sure you always have water on hand to avoid dehydrating.
  • Pack light, cool clothing, with a change of clothes if you plan to play in the water.

 

Wishing you a summer full of fun!

Team GR

 

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