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Wednesday 10 Feb 2016

Preventing Accidents in the Home

Article by Abby Twyman, M.Ed., BCBA

This infographic, provided by Muhammad Saleem from, is a great resource for families relating to how to prevent accidents in the home. Many parents put cleaning products in locked cabinets, but the resource below points to other potential dangers including prescription drugs (painkillers, sedatives, hypnotics, anti-psychotics), cosmetics and personal care products, toys and household objects.

Individuals with autism may have pica, an abnormal craving for and consumption of non-edible substances, which causes them to put many of these potentially dangerous substances in their mouths. For this reason, it’s important to keep in mind that individuals with autism may be at greater risk for poisoning. Educating individuals about potential dangerous (i.e. what is and is not okay to eat) and preventing access to these items by keeping them in locked storage cabinets will be important things for families to consider.

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