May 23, 2019 / Drowning Prevention

Preventing accidental drownings in children with autism 

Accidental drowning is the top cause of preventable death for children under the age of six in the Tampa Bay area. And, children with Autism Spectrum Disorder are at a higher risk for accidental drowning because they are drawn to water as it sparkles in the sunlight.

The most important thing to remember to prevent children from drowning is to supervise them at all times. Children drown silently and in as little as 20 seconds. 

To learn more about water safety tips, especially for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, watch the ABC Morning Blend segment with The Children’s Board of Hillsborough County and Josh the Otter.