Cooper's Cottage focuses on all aspects of our homes and community. What it takes to keep our children safe, teaching our children schedules, how to transition throughout the day, how to follow rules and consequences for not following rules.
Keeping doors closed are the biggest issue! Our kids can unlock and climb anything. They are strong and smart! Chains and locks will need to be installed on all outside doors. Just make sure that you have a key placed somewhere outside… they will without a doubt lock you out of the house! If you need to, try the small alarms that they use for pools. They install on the door or even a window and will sound if opened. Another source of headaches was when they learned to lock the inside doors. As toodlers we put duct tape over the locks. When they learned to take that off then we turned the handle around so that the lock was on the outside (bedrooms only). Bathroom doors we made sure that we had the key tool to open the door above every door!
This will become you best friend J Even if your child has some language, children learn better visually. A picture speaks a thousand words! Pictures can be found on the internet or through graphic programs. Think of the sequence of doing something, then look for pictures to show the sequence. I found that placing the pictures into baseball card holders protects them and they can be replaced when needed. Velcro can attached to the back of the card to attach them to a chart.
House Rules: For Parents
REMEMBER as a parent, to keep your sense of humor! It may be hard, but your little explorer needs to see a positive reaction, then explain why what they are doing will but them in harms way. Have your child clean up the mess with you.
PROTECTING your child outside in the communty is also an important issue. As parents, we have tried harnesses that look like animals and backpacks. Restricted our child to a stroller and bought the LOC8TOR. This is a locating devise that the child wears on his / her wrist while you carry the phone size device that can find them in an emergency situation. Our kids are very fast as I am sure that yours are too! They can be pricey, but this is highly recommended. Go on line and look for tracking devices for children. We have used this in the mall, grocery stores, Disney World and Universal. I have also used it to find my child in the house as he hid from me and would not answer my call. It is well worth the investment!
Safety Products by websites
Keep your passengers safe and their seatbelts on! The safety seatbelt release cover which acts as a safety barrier that deters children from unlocking their seatbelts. www.angelguardbuynow.com
Autism ID Card
The Autism ID Card helps people on the autism spectrum explain their medical condition to first responders in the event of an emergency. www.autismidcard.com
Autism Safety Initiative
The National Autism Association is providing information on safety, bullying, wandering, restraint, seclusion and more. www.autismsafety.org
EZ100 Personal Emergency Notifier and GPS Tracker
The EZ-100 from EYEZ gives families of wandering special needs children added peace of mind and the confidence to engage in activities and adventures with the whole family. www.-eye-zon.com
Romper/sleeper that is mad of 100% soft cotton that is tag less. www.ikidsfashion.com
Kid Safe Child ID Card
The Kid Safe ID Card is designed like a credit card to carry in your purse or wallet. It has a built in usb flash drive which contains all of your child’s personal and medical information. This usb pen drive hold 2 different pictures of your child, emergency contacts, medications, doctors, immunization records and a “What to do” list if your child goes missing. www.medinfopronto.com
Try these personal locator bracelets for individuals with autism that have a tendency to wander. After contacting the authorities, they use LoJack search to track the radio signal and locate your loved one. It may be worn on the ankle or wrist. www.lojack.com/safetynet
Medical ID Store
Products include custom engraved medical jewelry ID, medical ID bracelets sports bands, shoe tag alerts and more. www.medicalidstore.com
Seat Belt Buckle Guard
This seat belt lock is designed to prevent children with autism and other related disabilities from releasing the seat belt while the car is in motion. www.especialneeds.com
With our smartphone app (free), first responders in the community can quickly identify lost children. Upload your child’s picture, input contact information, and you have a way to protect your child. www.wanderid.com
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In order for children to understand what you want from them, as a parent you must teach the skills needed to achieve this. This is true for ALL children! For our kids, you may have to you may have to go over it more often.
Take a look around the house and find your “NO TOUCH ZONES”. What I mean by this is anything that you do not want your child to break or you think that they might get hurt by is a No Touch Zone.
Sharing is hard for any child, but when your child has Autism, Sensory Disorders or Explosive this is a skill that has to be taught.
Teaching your child to stop or freeze is very difficult. This is a safety issue that needs to be taught right away. A child that is a runner may not hear you when you call their name. If you have a secret freezing word then they know that you mean business.
Our kids are pros at getting into everything! They are natural wonders, natural explorers, and very good at getting into anything that you do not want them in! Protecting them is the most important thing that you can do.
CALMING THE SILLINESS:
Kids are Kids! When you need them to be on their best behavior someone gets SILLY. Although they may get away with it at home, when you are out the silliness may need to be controlled.