STAT (9/27, Samuel) reports that children with autism often are attracted to bodies of water and can end up drowning. In fact, “drowning is the most common fatal injury” among youngsters with autism. Now, “a study published in September in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders offers preliminary evidence that even children with severe autism can learn techniques to avoid drowning.” The study abstract points out that seven kids with “moderate to severe” autism spectrum disorder took part in the study.
— “Lakes and pools can be deadly for children with autism. But tailored swim lessons can save lives,” LEAH SAMUEL, STAT, September 27, 2017.