How many times have you stubbed your toe attempting to navigate your way to the bathroom at night?
“Darn it, where are the keys? Wonderful…now I need a locksmith!”
Locked yourself out of the car or house more than once?
Have you ever walked into that sliding glass door you thought was open while rushing to the deck or patio…with a plate of BBQ, several glasses of drinks or other knick-knacks in hand?
It’s so easy to screw up like that isn’t it?!
Most of the time, such mistakes are harmless and easily corrected. However, each time you repeat a mistake increases your chance for a mishap…a true safety issue.
Worse yet, what if you injured yourself or someone else in the process? Sobering thought, indeed.
We used to have a trampoline in the back yard for the kids. It was great for sensory stimulation but Jonathan got very tired of having to climb off the sides and get back on. Kimberly, our oldest daughter told us that Jonny had cut a hole in the bottom of the trampoline so he could crawl through more easily.
Many times Jonathan and other kids with special needs would do things that could cause serious harm to themselves or others because they just couldn’t see the big picture.
Sometimes our kids just don’t think through the ramifications of their actions. Can you imagine what would have happened if he would have been jumping and accidentally fell through the hole!
As a Mom, it sent shivers down my spine to think anyone could have been hurt.
After replacing several trampolines we quickly found safer ways for Jonathan to further his sensory stimulation.
Similar to not turning on the lights before stumbling to the bathroom at night or ensuring the keys are in hand before locking the car door, we all have been caught at one time or another not seeing the forest for the trees.
Although we may look back and laugh at past shenanigans or oversight, safety is priority number one…especially with special needs loved ones around.
What have you done to keep a special needs loved one safe?
How did a disabled person you know miss the “forest for the trees”?
What ideas do you have for being proactive when safety is concerned around special needs persons?
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Mother, Wife, Author, Founder & CEO of AutismToday.com
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