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For parents of children with autism wandering, elopement and disappearance are fears and in some cases, realities. “Noreen conveyed in painstaking detail, the experience she and her husband endured when their then-four year old son, diagnosed with autism a year earlier, wandered off into busy city streets and disappeared from sight twice in a span of a few weeks.” The quote is from the study, "And I look down and he is gone."
Another incident is described in "And I look down and he is gone." Eugenia, searched her building looking for her autistic son, Sam. A neighbor called to say that he had been located four city blocks away in a discount store. When she went to retrieve Sam she had to explain to the police that her son had autism and that he would not recognize her as his mother. “He has autism, he’s not verbal, probably doesn’t really know who I am, but I AM his mother. I know we don’t really look alike, but I AM his mom, please give me my child.”
In a report published in 2011, by the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) involving 858 children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their siblings who do not have autism, wandering occurred in almost half of the individuals diagnosed with autism between the ages of 4 to 10. The graph, Rate of Elopement by Age and ASD Status depicts the results of the report.https://iancommunity.org/cs/ian_research_reports/ian_research_report_elopement
Where are they running? What are they running from? Why are they running off?
Trending and recording the motivations for elopement in children with ASD is vital information because it can aid parents, family members, staff and caregivers in assessing what triggers the elopement behaviour. Can the wandering be stopped before it is triggered? Can the child be taught safety precautions? If so, then an elopement prevention plan might be developed to ensure that a child with autism is safe. Unfortunately, even these plans may not prevent a child from wandering.
Safety is paramount. Consider Safety Labs Wandering Protection Anchor for a child with autism who tends to wander, elope or disappear. For a child who cannot communicate, an elopement alert device is essential. The device can be worn as a pendant, around the wrist or on a keychain and allows for tracking and locating their child. This explainer video provides information about the device. Wander Protection Safety Anchor To learn more about what Safety Labs offers for autism and wandering follow this link. https://safetylabs.org/b2c/autistic#autistic
A child with autism can wander off and elope just by slipping out a door quietly, or through a gate in a yard or play area. There is grave danger if the child runs across a busy street. Risks are high when a child with autism who cannot communicate is gone for any period of time and this adds to the difficulty in locating them and in returning them to their parents. Autism wandering and elopement can occur anywhere and anytime.