What is wandering/elopment...

Many people misconstrue wandering or elopement and assume it is anytime a child leaves their safe environment and makes it a significant distant from their parent or caregiver. The truth is, wandering and elopement can happen much closer to home. Quite a few autistic children have lost their lives simply wandering into their own back yards. This week, Donivan Martin lost his life when he wandered into his back yard and drowned in the family’s swimming pool. Skylar James Wayne drowned in a creek right behind his family home. Drew Howell wandered less than a hundred feet from his family and drowned in a nearby river. My son, Mason, drowned in a pond across the street. Savannah Martin drowned in a pond very near her family home. My number one safety tip to all parents with children that lack danger awareness is to KNOW all nearby hazards so WHEN your child wanders, and it will happen, those places can immediately be eliminated. Keep a list on your refrigerator, in your wallet, in your car, because when you make that 911 call, your mind will not work right. You will forget something. Be prepared.

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