Drowning is the main cause of death among children with autism, but there is still a huge gap in resources and advice offered by clinical experts to parents, a report has revealed.
Children with autism are also being pushed out of mainstream swimming classes, which can not meet their specific needs, exacerbating the risks, according to the Autism report.
Released on Sunday, Autism and Drowning: The Matter in question has revealed a lack of research on the "disproportionately high risk of drowning" for those with an autistic spectrum disorder.
In an attempt to reduce the risk, Autism Swim, the world's sole certification body for waters and autism, has called on healthcare governments and providers to raise awareness and allocate money to improve outcomes for these children.
The organization, which will train swimming instructors on how to learn and those with autism, will release a prevention tool to get up and drown to parents on Monday.
According to the US-based National Autistic Society, between 2009 and 2011, dropping following spray accounted for about 90 per cent of the total deaths reported in children with ASD aged 14 and under.
Children with ASD are 160 times more likely to drown from compared to other children, according to American statistics.
Erika Gleeson, founder of Autism swimming, says that Australian data is flawed, again "so many people cry out for help".
In Australia, one in 70 people are estimated to have autism, and represent the highest population of approved plans for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.
Children with autism often wander away from safety either to escape discomfort, such as sensory overload, or to reach a place of intense interest.
"They can be a few artists escaped, he often does not have to do with the quality of parents," said Ms Gleeson, a senior specialist for disorders & # 39; The autism and intellectual disability spectrum.
Parents of children with autism report to disappear as the most stressful behavior, especially as it brings risks such as traffic injuries, falls, dehydration, exposure to strangers and hypothermia.
Drowning is one of the most deadly risks, and increases with the severity of autism, according to the report.
"There is no research, but we can imagine that most people find water quite therapeutic and that the picture is worse for those with sensory challenges," said Ms Gleeson at AAP.
Although a neurro-typical child can be able to assess risk factors, such as the complexity of water on the river, current and non-supervision for adults, someone with autism can only see the water, connect it to relaxation and jump without considering the risks.
In addition, children with autism are often left after their peers in swimming classes and they need intensive education on them, says Ms Gleeson.
Some children need to learn something as basic as coming into air, he says.
"Going under the water so scares them that the incentive to go up and get breath reduces … all of their sensory systems are released when they go under," he said.
Originally published as an Autism connection and drowned disclosure: report