Safely transporting children with autism spectrum disorder: Evaluation and intervention

Janell Yonkman, Bryanna Lawler, Judith Talty, Joseph O'Neil, Marilyn Bull

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OBJECTIVE. The purpose of this study was to investigate transportation practices of caregivers who transport children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). METHOD. We reviewed documented transportation evaluations of children with ASD. The evaluations were conducted by pediatric occupational therapists at an outpatient center of a large children's hospital. RESULTS. A review of 82 charts of patients diagnosed with ASD revealed that 74% of children with ASD were escaping their child safety restraint. More than 20% of parents reported that their child demonstrated aggressive or self-injurious behavior during travel, affecting not only their own safety but also that of others in the vehicle, including the driver. CONCLUSION. Escaping from a child restraint can be a life-threatening problem among children with ASD. Parents, caregivers, and health care professionals should be aware of services available from trained therapists, certified child passenger safety technicians, or both to maximize safety during personal travel in the family vehicle.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)711-716
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Occupational Therapy
Volume67
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2013

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Caregivers
Parents
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Self-Injurious Behavior
Outpatients
Pediatrics
Delivery of Health Care
Occupational Therapists

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Safely transporting children with autism spectrum disorder : Evaluation and intervention. / Yonkman, Janell; Lawler, Bryanna; Talty, Judith; O'Neil, Joseph; Bull, Marilyn.

In: American Journal of Occupational Therapy, Vol. 67, No. 6, 11.2013, p. 711-716.

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Yonkman, Janell ; Lawler, Bryanna ; Talty, Judith ; O'Neil, Joseph ; Bull, Marilyn. / Safely transporting children with autism spectrum disorder : Evaluation and intervention. In: American Journal of Occupational Therapy. 2013 ; Vol. 67, No. 6. pp. 711-716.
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