NAA has created two new
safety toolkits that can be downloaded here:
Caregiver Toolkit |
First Responder Toolkit
Take Action in Your Home & Community:
Download and begin using your Big Red Safety Toolkit
Provide a copy of the First Responder Toolkit to
your local police department. Ask them to implement
Reverse 911 in your county and read the included
Directive from the National Center for Missing &
Remember: Search Water First!
Similar to wandering
behaviors in seniors with dementia or Alzheimer’s,
children with Autism
are prone to wandering away from a safe environment.
Unfortunately, many cases end in tragedy.
Wandering is the
tendency for an individual to try to leave the safety of
a responsible person's care or a safe area, which can
result in potential harm or injury. This might
include running off from adults at school or in the
community, leaving the classroom without permission, or
leaving the house when the family is not looking.
This behavior is considered common and short-lived in
toddlers, but it may persist or re-emerge in children
and adults with autism. Children with autism have
challenges with social and communication skills and
safety awareness. This makes wandering a
potentially dangerous behavior.
also be referred to as Elopement; Bolting; Fleeing;
- Nearly half of children with autism
engage in wandering behavior
- Wandering occurs
across all settings, under every type of adult
- Increased risks
are associated with autism severity
- Half of families
report they have never received advice or guidance
about wandering from a professional
drowning accounts for approximately 90% of lethal
Dehydration; Hypothermia; Traffic Injuries; Falls;
Physical Restraint; Encounters with strangers;
Encounters with law enforcement.