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Blog #142~Elopement and Autism

Blog #142~Elopement and Autism

Have you ever lost your child?  It’s the worst feeling ever.  April is Autism Awareness Month, it is essential to put supports in place to prevent your child from wandering off.

autism elopement

My son Nick is 22 years old and has Down syndrome and autism.  There have been a few times where he has taken off.  Since then, I have put supports in place and done some research on more precautions to take.  I found an excellent website called AWAARE which stands for Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response Educationwww.awaare.org.  This site has a comprehensive list of tips, materials and tools.  Take action now to protect your child…….

Secure your home

Install secure deadbolts, home security systems, install inexpensive battery operated alarms on door and window to alert when opened. Place hook and eye locks on all doors above your child’s reach.  Fence in the yard and put visuals like stop signs to doors.

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Consider an ID Bracelet

Medic Alert, www.medicalert.org  is what Nick wears and it stays on him firm.  Another popular bracelet is called Project Lifesaver, http://www.projectlifesaver.org

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Teach your child to swim

A large percentage of the headlines for wandering and autism end tragically because of drowning deaths.  Check your local YMCA or special recreation association for swim lessons.

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Alert your neighbors

Make a simple handout with your name, address, phone number, information about your child (autism, non-verbal etc….) and include a photograph of your child.   Ask them to call you immediately if they see your child outside of your home.

Alert First Responders

Provide the local police and fire stations with key information before an incident occurs.  See the AWAARE website given above for printable handouts.  There is also a free Big Red Safety Toolkit with free downloads on wandering and prevention.

Consider A Monitoring App

*iPhone Baby Monitor App

*Kids ID App

*KidStatz App

kids id phone app

Consider a GPS Locater Tracking Device:

Project Lifesaver (https://www.projectlivesaver.ort)

Lo Jack Safety Net (https://www.safetynetbylojack.com)

These locaters range from $125.00-$250.00; monthly monitoring fees vary:

*Angel Sense GPS Device (https://www.angelsense.com)

*Amber Alert GPS (https://www.amberalertgps.com)

*Trax Personal GPS Tracker (https://www.traxfamily.com)

Being prepared and proactive is vital for a child who is an eloper and may bolt at anytime.  It will also help you as a parent to feel more confident in the safety of your child.  That’s what is in my noggin this week!

~Teresa

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Wandering & Autism Part II

 

Wandering & Autism Part II

Wandering

In part II of Wandering and Autism,  I’ve provided more safety information, links for monitoring and GPS tracking devices for individuals who have autism and wander.

Click on the link to view:

@https://nickspecialneeds.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/blog-62wanderi…autism-part-ii/

That’s what is in my noggin this week.

~Teresa

Posted in Autism, Autism Safety and Wandering, Down syndrome

Wandering and Autism

Wandering and Autism

Wandering and autism

Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, and everyone wants to get outdoors.  Do you know a child who is an eloper?  My son, Nick who has Down syndrome and autism and he has wandered off.  It’s a parent’s worst nightmare. Here are some action steps you should take to insure their safety @https://nickspecialneeds.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/blog-60wandering-and-autism/

Deck time, Nick and his stim objects…..

nick and tappers

Thank you for reading and sharing this critical information about wandering and autism.  That’s what is in my noggin this week.

~Teresa 🙂

Posted in Autism, Autism Safety and Wandering

Happy Memorial Day

memorial day

Take some time today to remember and honor the brave soldiers who fought for our freedom.  I’ll be back next week with a new post.

Did you get a chance to read these two posts from last year about “Wandering and Autism”?   They contain crucial information that everyone should know as we move into the warm weather season:

@https://nickspecialneeds.wordpress.com/2013/07/01/blog-60wandering-and-autism/

https://nickspecialneeds.wordpress.com/2013/07/29/blog-62wanderi…autism-part-ii/

Have a blessed day and thank you for reading and sharing Nick’s world.🙂

~Teresa