Two Bartlesville Girl Scouts are honored for an invention that helps alert others to the specific needs of people with autism
Jayde Love and Emilee Spaw are Junior Girl Scouts, who won the bronze award for their seatbelt covers.
“It spells out CALM,” Love said of the seatbelt covers. “C says approach cautiously, A says add visuals, L says lower voice, talk less, and M says move slowly.”
The inside of the seat belt covers contain specific instructions on how to approach this child.
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They say they designed these seat belts so that in the event of an accident, first responders can immediately know the best way to help.
“There’s a chance that something like loud noises, if the child isn’t cooperating enough with the officer that something can happen and the officer isn’t aware of the situation, so that’s also a good way to help officers understand,” Spaw said. .
They say they are happy to have designed something that can keep others safe.
“It feels good because if they got hurt I would be really sad and upset that it happened,” Love said.
Jayde and Emilee say they are grateful to the Girl Scouts for giving them the opportunity to help others.
“We can honor our community by doing things that help our community,” Love said.
“There are so many opportunities to help girls in need or to help our community and just make the world a better place,” Spaw said.
The girls say they plan to take this idea and develop it for future projects.