Many sad stories have recently populated the news about missing children with Autism who have wandered away from their houses, schools, and caregivers. There are products on the market that can sound a proximity alarm if a child gets too far away, plus products with RFID technology that can help generally locate the child. Many of these items can be pricey with regular monitoring fees attached to the price tag. Personally, I’m dam sick and tired of seeing so many companies just price-gouge the daylights out of these customers! This is for Autism related products in general, not just location based products. It’s really sad that so many people, who have legitimate needs for safe, quality, products get “nickel and dimed” to death at every turn!
Last year, my business partner Wil and I, witnessed first-hand how parents feel totally encapsulated in this world of high price, gouging. Many parents of an Autistic child are dealing with daily stress, worry, and distractions. At the same time, they are desperate in their search for good, quality based products that will give them piece of mind, but also provide comfort, support, happiness, and safety to their child. We listened to what their needs are, and the little details that can bring that safe, secure feeling to their world.
Checkpoint Wristbands will shortly be launching a new product, specifically designed to help Autistic wanderers. At this time, I can’t give a lot away, but this product, like the wristbands will provide a scannable QR/Text code combination that will help First Responders. This product was wholly conceived by us, at the many suggestions of parents that we met last year at Autism based events. I would quite literally sit there, listen and write down suggestions into my notebook.
If you are reading this and not too familiar with Autism and the Spectrum, I’d like to first tell you that any parent of an Autistic child, is what I personally consider, some of the greatest parents in the world! Secondly, these parents are constantly searching for information to help them, products to help their children, and some of the most devoted, loving people of their children that you would ever meet! In one word, a parent of an Autistic child….is Determined!
In closing, I just want any parent out there to know, Checkpoint Wristbands is dedicated to making you and your child’s world better!
Below is some information about Wanderers, provided from the AWAARE Collaboration, off of the National Autism Association website (http://awaare.org/).
ABOUT AUTISM-RELATED WANDERING
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.
Wandering may also be referred to as Elopement; Bolting; Fleeing; Running.
- Nearly half of children with autism engage in wandering behavior
- Wandering occurs across all settings, under every type of adult supervision
- Increased risks are associated with autism severity
- Half of families report they have never received advice or guidance about wandering from a professional
- Accidental drowning accounts for approximately 90% of lethal outcomes
Drowning; Exposure; Dehydration; Hypothermia; Traffic Injuries; Falls; Physical Restraint; Encounters with strangers; Encounters with law enforcement.