What My Kid is Reading Wednesday:
“I Can Be Safe: A First Look at Safety" by Pat Thomas

As the title suggests, this book introduces the topic of safety to your child. It’s nicely illustrated pages and simple language makes it understandable. I especially like that it explains what the feelings of fear and instinct are. It covers a variety of situations, including safety gear, hand holding, and skills training to help keep you safe. More importantly, it delves into the serious topics. 

I’ll admit, it made me nervous to read this to my 3.5 yr old, but the gentle tone used in its approach makes it an easier read. Particularly, explaining that it’s okay to be rude to someone who acts in a way that makes you feel unsafe or afraid. It also mentions the bathing suit rule, which is part of our Safe Bodies’ discussion on Friday.

Do you have any favourite books on the topic of safety? What else are you reading this week? Submit to us using ask, submit, or if on topic #gulsafe.

- Cheryl (a.k.a. mrstu)

aw i love this! lots of kids on the spectrum have rly limited innate safety awareness + this looks like it would be helpful for teaching about assessing yr actions + environment!

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i also walked out of a store with a bag on my shoulder today that i had meant to buy, didn’t realize it until i was in another store, + then went back + stood in line + paid for it

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