Parents and caregivers of children with physical, developmental or cognitive impairments can access a series of educational videos that are provided as a resource by Safe Kids USA. The series profiles three families, all of whom have a child with a different special need.
Although the series is designed around the needs of children, older persons with special needs can also benefit from the valuable safety tips presented in these videos.
There is a short introductory video which gives an overview of the series and the types of safety issues that are addressed. The families profiled have children who are either hearing impaired, blind, in a wheelchair, or with a cognitive impairment.
The Safe Kids USA videos cover a variety of safety issues, all directed to families with children with special needs:
1) Water safety (at home and away from home)
2) Poison prevention
3) Choking prevention
4) Falls prevention
5) Fire safety and burn protection
There are five fire safety videos: Fire safety for all families; families with children who are visually or hearing impaired; families with children who are immobile, and families with children with cognitive impairment. The fifth video teaches about burn prevention for families with children with special needs.
While you are on the Safe Kids USA website, take some time to explore the many resources they provide for parents, educators, and safety professionals.
From the Safe Kids USA “who we are” section
“Safe Kids USA is a nationwide network of organizations working to prevent unintentional childhood injury, the leading cause of death and disability for children ages 1 to 14.
We educate families, provide safety devices to families in need and advocate for better laws to help keep children safe, healthy and out of the emergency room.”
Safe Kids USA has tools designed to help parents and caregivers provide a safe environment for their children. If you have a child with a special need, please take time to view the videos that Safe Kids USA has provided. It will be time well spent.
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