Safety for Children with ASD in the Classroom & School 2021 - Dr Scott

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This is a pre-recorded event. Once registered, on October 1 you will receive an email to view the presentation and download the slides.

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Safety for Children with ASD in the Classroom and School

Presented by: Dr. Jack Scott    Hosted by: FAU CARD

Children with ASD are at increased risk for unintentional injury and even death. Several studies place the risks at between 2.4 and 3 times the risk for death in contrast to typically developing students. Teachers of these students must be especially careful and engage in planning at the class and school level to help ensure their safety. This session will look at the risk profile of these children and then look at what a teacher can do within their own class to ensure safety. In addition, suggestions are offered for school-wide planning for supervision of recess and outdoor activity time and for emergency planning especially for elopements with notification of parents of any incidents. A set of self-evaluation questions are provided so that a teacher can review their own classroom and school ASD student safety profile.

Participants will be able to:

1. Describe the risk profile of a student with ASD

2. List 5 things a teacher should do to decrease risk for ASD students in their classroom

3. Describe two school wide planning priorities that can increase safety for students with autism at your school

About the Presenter

Jack Scott is the Executive Director of the FAU CARD center. He is an associate professor in the Department of Exceptional Student Education. He teaches courses on autism, inclusion and behavior analysis. Dr. Scott received his doctoral degree from the University of Florida. He has written a textbook on autism, Students with Autism: Characteristics and Instructional Programming, (2000), and has written a number of chapters and articles on autism and individualized instruction and is just finishing a new book for Woodbine House about safety for children with autism.

Dr. Scott has research interests in safety for children and youth on the spectrum. As a behavior analyst, he is active in linking behavioral analysts with emerging issues in safety and autism. In addition, he serves on the boards of several charter schools and as a board member for Reaching Potentials, a non-profit that serves children with autism and their families and Lost and Found of Palm Beach County, a non-profit that provides subsidized locator tracking devices for low-income families. He has recently been appointed to the Professional Advisory Board of the Autism Society of America.


The FAU Center for Autism and Related Disabilities (CARD) provides expert consulting, training and support, at no charge, for people with autism and related disabilities, their families and the professionals serving them. FAU CARD’s goal is to optimize the potential of the individuals we serve by helping them become valued members of their communities, enabling them to learn, work, communicate and socialize. If an accommodation(s) for a disability is required, please call 561-297-2055 or e-mail us at, a minimum of 5 working days in advance of the date of the event. As a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization, we have had to rely on the community for support. Help us provide free support and assistance to people with autism and related disabilities. To donate to FAU CARD visit: 

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