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09/01/2008

Thirty Year Review of Safety Skill Instruction for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities


By: Linda C. Mechling

Abstract: This review synthesizes the empirical literature (1976-2006) focusing on teaching personal safety skills to persons with intellectual disabilities. Thirty-six investigations were identified which provided information on six areas of instruction: (a) pedestrian/street crossing safety; (b) home accident prevention; (c) application of first aid (including identification and reporting of illnesses); (d) response to lures or advancements of strangers; (e) fire safety; and (f) emergency use of telephones. Implications for instruction and future research are discussed based on the results of review.
 
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