Protect Children with Autism from Wandering
Help keep a child with an autism spectrum disorder safe!
Children on the spectrum engage in many behaviors that can be incredibly stressful to their families, but among the most stressful is wandering, "eloping", or bolting — that is, leaving a safe space without the knowledge of caregivers.
This behavior can be dangerous — children are unprepared for weather and traffic, and drowning is also a great fear. Many children who exhibit this behavior often cannot communicate their name, address, or phone number--by any means — to someone trying to help.
Fear that their child could leave home during the night can disrupt sleep for families, and this same concern during the day can keep families socially isolated from activities they could otherwise enjoy with their children.
Prevention is key to keeping a child on the spectrum safe from wandering. The "Big Red Safety Box" contains home alarms for doors, shoe IDs for children to wear (both now better quality to be longer-lasting), visual aid stop signs for the child to understand not to open doors, silicone wristbands, as well as many written material and forms to share information about the wander with family, friends, and law enforcement.
You can help. $35 provides one Big Red Safety Box to a family to help keep children who show this behavior safe.
Regarding the Big Red Safety Box program:
"[My son] is six and likes to be outside. We live close to interstate 83, which really scares me. He has been taught what to say, but when it has happened no one understands him. We could really put this Big Red Safety Box to good use. Thanks for considering us." (Lutherville, MD)
"My son has a history of elopement going back to the age of 3. The safety box sounds like a comprehensive plan with tools that would be extremely helpful in keeping our son safe. This is a great idea!" (Jacksonville, FL)
"Our daughter is primarily non-verbal and requires a speaking device. She cannot clearly or accurately report her full name, telephone number, or address. Our daughter has wandered out of the yard before, once found by neighbors at the end of the block before we knew it — very scary. We would like to use any means possible to help us monitor her while allowing her a degree of private time. This big red safety box sounds like a great system to start with." (Wauwatosa, WI)
"I have three children with autism, but this kit is for my daughter who is non-verbal and severely Autistic. She has managed to wander from our home several times already — fortunately the police were able to assist us in finding her. This kit will help us make our home more secure, and will help us make an emergency plan so everyone who watches our children will know what to do if/when she wanders again." (Gresham, OR)
National Autism Association responds to the most urgent needs of the autism community, providing real help and hope so that all affected can reach their full potential.
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