Deaths of wandering autistic kids prompt action

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  1. mysticrose

    mysticrose The key to change... is to let go of fear

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    Deaths of wandering autistic kids prompt action

    The 3-year-old girl wandered away from her grandmother's home in Wareham, Mass., in mid-April. A frantic search began almost immediately, and within an hour little Alyvia Navarro was found unresponsive in a nearby pond. She was pronounced dead the next day.

    A month later, across the continent, a larger search unfolded over three days as hundreds of emergency service personnel and volunteers fanned out around Clearlake, Calif., looking for 9-year-old Mikaela Lynch after she vanished from her backyard. The outcome grimly echoed the Wareham search: A dive team found Mikaela's body in a muddy creek.

    The two girls were the first of at least 14 children with autism known to have died this year after slipping away from their caregivers. All but one of them drowned, evidence of a fascination that many autistic children have with water. The body of the latest victim, 11-year-old Anthony Kuznia, was found Thursday in the Red River after a 24-hour search near his home in East Grand Forks, Minn.

    The tragic phenomenon goes by various names — wandering, elopement, bolting — and about half of autistic children are prone to it, according to research published last year in the journal Pediatrics.

    That would be a huge number. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated last year that 1 in 88 children are affected by autism, and a federal survey this year pegged the prevalence rate at one of every 50 schoolchildren — more than 1 million children in all.

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    SwampMama Insomniac Extraordinaire

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    I saw these shoes and thought they are a fantastic idea for autistic children and alzheimer patients. the GPS is built into the shoe and alerts to the location of the wearer of the shoe.

    http://www.gpsshoe.com/blog/half-of-all-children-with-autism-wander-and-bolt/
    Wandering was ranked among the most stressful ASD behaviors by 58% of parents of eloping autistics. A new technology from GTX Corp can help parents and caregivers track the whereabouts of their kids and ensure they are safe. This new technology is provided in partnership with the Talk About Curing Autism (TACA).......

    Being able to locate a wanderer in a minute can trade fear for peace and at only $300 the device that can return a bit of joy to a life could be called a bargain. Walking shoes, discretely embedded with a 2-way GPS device with smartphone access is today’s solution.
     

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