Safety Skills

  • Jina Jang
  • Anurati Mehta
  • Dennis R. DixonEmail author
Part of the Evidence-Based Practices in Behavioral Health book series (EBPBH)


Given that individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) are at an increased risk for injury, teaching safety skills in individuals with IDD is critical. The current chapter reviews the literature on safety skills across seven broad categories: fire safety, first aid, accident prevention, fall-related prevention, pedestrian, self-protective, and emergency telephone skills. Safety skills research has been extensively investigated in the 1980s and 1990s. These studies revealed that teaching safety skills to individuals with IDD using behavioral approaches such as modeling, prompting, role-playing, and feedback is effective. Generalization and maintenance of safety skills were common limitations of the reviewed studies. More research and training in this area is warranted, especially with the advancements of technological innovations.


Safety skills Intellectual developmental disabilities Fire safety First aid Accident prevention Fall prevention Pedestrian skills Self-protective skills Emergency telephone skills 


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  1. 1.Center for Autism and Related DisordersWoodland HillsUSA

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