Opinions of Turkish Parents and Teachers About Safety Skills Instruction to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Preliminary Investigation

J Autism Dev Disord. 2016 Aug;46(8):2653-2665. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-2809-2.


Safety skills instruction should be regarded as one of the important teaching areas. A descriptive study was designed to reveal the opinions of Turkish parents and teachers of children with autism spectrum disorders regarding safety skills instruction. Data were collected through interview and analyzed descriptively. Findings showed that (a) both parents and teachers were able to define safety skills, (b) they found safety skills instruction important and necessary, (c) rather than providing systematic instruction they use natural occurrences as teaching opportunities and prevention behaviors, (d) parents have never had a conversation with teachers about safety skills instruction, and (e) neither parents nor teachers have enough knowledge and experience for teaching safety skills. Implications for implementing safety training are discussed.

Keywords: Autism spectrum disorders; Opinions of parents; Opinions of teachers; Safety skills.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder / psychology*
  • Child
  • Curriculum
  • Education, Special / methods
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parents / psychology*
  • Qualitative Research
  • Safety*
  • School Teachers / psychology*
  • Turkey
  • Young Adult