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


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.

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This study was supported by a Grant from the Anadolu University Research Fund (Project No: 1304E070). Authors would like to Miss Dulce Castillo for her insightful proofreading and Dr. Gonul Kircaali-Iftar for her comments.

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NS conceived of the study, participated in the design, collected data and helped to draft manuscript; ETI conceived of the study, participated in its design and coordination, analysis and interpretation of the data and write the manuscript. Both authors read and approved the final manuscript.

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The first author completed this study in partial fulfillment of the requirements of a Master of Science Degree in Applied Behavior Analysis in Autism at Anadolu University, Eskisehir, Turkey.

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Sirin, N., Tekin-Iftar, E. Opinions of Turkish Parents and Teachers About Safety Skills Instruction to Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Preliminary Investigation. J Autism Dev Disord 46, 2653–2665 (2016). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-016-2809-2

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  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Safety skills
  • Opinions of parents
  • Opinions of teachers