The swimming pool is a great attraction for children. However, it also poses one of the biggest threats to children.
3 out of 4 children on the autism spectrum ended up drowning when they wander off alone (Pool Dangers and Drowning Prevention – When It’s Not Swimming Time, 2022).
1. Fence up!
*It is recommended to have a system at home to prevent drowning when pool is not being used: locked gate, keys kept out of children’s reach, toys and climbable furniture kept away from fence at all times.
2. Pool alarms or Pool Gate Alarms
3. Swimming lessons
Precautions for Drowning
1. Assign a ‘water watcher’
2. CPR Training
5. Floating device
1. Communicating with visuals
2. Frequent communication in advance
1. Verbal & Visual strategies
*However, using these visuals solely as a reactive strategy is recommended only if your child is able to accept “no”.
Check and assess your child’s ability to cope when you reject their request for pool time.
Download the visuals and implement both the preventative and reactive strategies with your child.
1. Pool Dangers and Drowning Prevention ― When It’s Not Swimming Time. HealthyChildren.org. (2022). Retrieved 1 January 2022, from https://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-play/Pages/Pool-Dangers-Drowning-Prevention-When-Not-Swimming-Time.aspx.