In a session early Monday morning, Stacy Everson of SEEDS Educational Services, gave an informative talk about teaching fire safety to people with autism. She pointed out this can be a challenging and difficult task without the proper tools which is why SEEDS has created fire safety materials for people on the autism spectrum and people with other intellectual disabilities. The existing Fire Educator Kit materials include an “I Know What to Do” video, a fire educator manual, posters, curricula and flashcards. The new 2012 Fire Safety Lessons uses visuals, a trainer’s guide, lesson plans, and a quiz.
- five lessons such as “I can make and practice my fire escape plan”.
- reinforcement materials such as posters to assist in teaching and visual reminders.
- a certificate on successfully completing the fire safety class.
The lessons are delivered with trained staff that understand and have experience teaching people with autism and are currently being delivered through schools that teach people with autism and in community classrooms throughout San Diego county. Next year’s expectations will consist of an expanded pilot program, continuation with home fire prevention curricula, writing a trainers guide for the visual learner and to update the fire Educator’s Kit.
SEEDS is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to assist people with intellectual disabilities to build meaningful relationships by relating effectively with others in their community.
Related: Check out NFPA's "I Know My Fire Safety Plan" for children with autism.
- Kim Bianchini
NFPA E-Mail Communications Manager