Who would speak…
I recently saw a sticker in the front of a car window. It said “child on board with Autism, non-verbal.” It got me wondering if I had a child on the ASD spectrum and was in a car accident and was unresponsive, who would speak for my child. Or for a baby or any child with special needs.
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder (ASD), refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech, and nonverbal communication. According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States today.
I have done some research and came up with a few solutions. There is a company that makes seatbelt covers that will alert any first responder of your child’s needs. I am not sure who first thought of this but this is brilliant and can help a horrible situation be less awful for a child with special needs. Regardless of what those needs are. Click on any of the pictures below to see more information.
Find them here.
If you were unresponsive in a vehicle with your infant who would speak for your child? Simple solution. All infants and small children are in car seats. Write it out important information, put it in an envelope marked in case of emergency and tape it to the side of your child’s car seat base. Some good information would be a family member to contact. Important medical information such as birthdate and any allergies. Most importantly your child’s full name so they can access medical records.
No one likes to think about these things but being prepared for emergencies is important. I hope no one needs these tips but just in case.
Stay safe out there!