Teaching Safety Skills to Individuals with Autism

By: Bridget A. Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D and Erin Mayberry, BCBA, LBA

Teaching Safety Skills to Individuals with Autism, presenters Bridget A. Taylor and Erin Mayberry



Individuals with autism present with unique challenges that make them at risk for a wide range of safety concerns. They may, for example, wander from caregivers, be unable to seek assistance when lost and may not know how to respond to unwanted advances by strangers in the community. There have been a number of studies documenting a functional analysis of some unsafe behaviors such as elopement. This has led to the development of function-based treatments and strategies that can potentially prevent unsafe behavior.

This presentation will review recent research in the area of safety assessment and interventions and provide proactive, practical strategies and resources, to help ensure the safety of individuals with autism.


  • Identify why individuals with autism are at a risk for safety concerns.
  • Identify current applied research directives to address safety concerns.
  • Identify components of functional analysis of elopement.
  • Identify skills to teach to address safety skills of individuals with autism.

There is no cost to attend and this webinar is not eligible for CEUs. The presentation will be posted on our blog within two weeks.


Bridget A. Taylor, PsyD, BCBA-D is the Executive Director of Alpine Learning Group. She is also a Senior Clinical Advisor for Rethink. Dr. Taylor was recently recognized by the Association for Applied Behavior Analysis International for her outstanding contributions to behavior analysis, and was given ABAI’s Fellow designation. Dr. Taylor is considered a leading authority on effective, and innovative interventions for autism.

Erin Mayberry, BCBA, LBA is Director of Customer Success at Rethink Behavioral Health. She is also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst and licensed behavior analyst in TX. Prior to Rethink, Erin provided consultation services in home and clinic settings and provided staff training in behavioral crisis prevention and management.

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