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Drowning & Suicide | Talking about Statistics Of Early Death For Autistics …. via Eve Reiland

So, there’s some statistics going about … let me clarify them …

Today I read in a news story that …

  • 91 percent of autistic deaths result from drowning

And also there’s the statistic …

  • #1 cause of premature death of autistics is suicide …

The statistics are both true.

Ages 14 and under = 91% early death due to drowning

Ages 14 and above … suicide

Keeping autistic kids safe from areas of water is incredibly needed — but how?

This was an issue when raising my kids — we never went near any pool or anywhere without the their dad and I. Always the two of us or more intently focused on our son’s safety

… because our son would jump right into the deep end, not know how to swim and then call it fun.

We’ve had to pull him out so many times as a baby … his impulse didn’t understand the danger. I put my him in swim classes through a special needs program a few years in a row.

I had to let the life guard know that if my kid is ‘quiet’ he’s drowning, though he’ll come back out and say he was swimming … no fear.

I had to bark at the life guard to tell him a few times, please pull my son out of the water and put him back in the right spot.

How many times my son was yanked up out of the water, deep end, I can’t count.

And in swim class he run around to the slide and pop right up and down it … no fear. He loves the slide and has no qualm about running by it, and then on impulse … and again life guard is scrambling to help him get back out cos he just sinks even when he thinks he’s swimming.

Bodies of water are no joke when raising Autistic kiddos.

Less than a second is all it takes for them to wander too.

When my oldest, Jared, was young folks would think my double-key entrance to the doors was absurd — and you know what, so what …,

That precaution when my oldest son at age three walked silently out of the house and decided to check out the front yard. He sat behind a bush, and watched me search for him for 20 minutes until I found him.

When I found him, he was nonplussed. That was a terrifying day. After that, double locks and a key way high near the door for emergencies and such.

With today’s terms, both my boys were “non-verbal” communicators until ages 6-8. Though they always communicated in every other way other than spoken language.


By Eve Reiland

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