It’s never too early to teach your child about safety and strangers. Kids with disabilities are vulnerable to strangers because they are used to being around many adults (teachers, therapists, doctors, etc.). They are more trusting, have difficulty understanding boundaries and may misunderstand social situations. The challenge is teaching safety appropriately so that your child isn’t confused by which person in their life is a stranger versus someone who they can trust.

Consider using a variety of vehicles, including age-appropriate videos, social stories and acting out stories of “stranger danger” to get your message across. Keep talking about this issue continually so that as they get older they remember it and understand it even more.

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