One of the easiest ways families can keep children safe in parking lots and driveways is to teach and consistently enforce a parking lot safety routine. To help you get started, try using the S.T.A.R. method:
Help Your Child Learn
Helping your child learn to be a Parking Lot Safety S.T.A.R. is easy with this free social story that you can download and print. Simply download the file, cut along the dotted lines, and staple the pages together.
Other Ways to Practice Parking Lot Safety
Once you have talked about parking lot and driveway safety, there are many great opportunities to practice:
Children whose parents reinforce when they do the right thing are more likely to keep doing the right thing. Celebrate parking lot safety successes by praising your child. You can say:
We have also created a certificate that you can download and present to your child once he or she demonstrates knowledge of their parking lot safety steps.
Get a FREE S.T.A.R. Magnet
S.T.A.R. magnets and safety kits are available to Northeast Ohio families at no charge when you complete the application form.
Did You Know?
Children with cognitive and neurological disabilities may be eligible to receive a handicap parking permit, allowing their caregivers to park closer building entrances and reducing the amount of time they spend in parking lots. To receive a disability placard in the state of Ohio, you must complete the application and get a prescription from your child's doctor. For more information, see the Department of Motor Vehicles web page for Ohio or contact your child's pediatrician.
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