ASD wandering behaviors happen under every type of supervision and are usually a form of communication — an “I need,” “I want,” or “I don’t want.” Individuals with ASD will wander or bolt to get to something of interest, or away from something bothersome.
- Nearly half of children with autism engage in wandering behavior
- Increased risks are associated with autism severity
- More than one third of children with autism who wander/elope are never or rarely able to communicate their name, address, or phone number
- Half of families report they have never received advice or guidance about elopement from a professional
- Accidental drowning accounts for 71% of lethal outcomes, followed by traffic injuries at 18%
- Other dangers include dehydration; heat stroke; hypothermia; falls; physical restraint; encounters with strangers
If you are anxious about your child’s wandering behavior, come to this workshop to get valuable information and tools to help you Be Ready! You and your child will meet up with our partner Red Dirt Search and Recovery and Rumble the Safety Dog. They will be happy to partner with our families should you need access to a trained dog to help you find a lost child. Learn valuable information and meet one-on-one with the dog’s trainer.
What: Be Ready! Workshop
When: Monday March 14, 2022
Time: We have two appointment blocks for 10 families in each block
First Block: 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Second Block: 11:00 am to 12:00 pm
Place: 7725 Connect Auditorium, 7725 W Reno Ave,Oklahoma City, OK 73127
Who should attend? Parent or caregiver plus child or person on the spectrum
You will receive an email with a map, parking instructions, and a form to complete and return.
Registration is Required!