A new survey shows that almost half of the nation’s children diagnosed with autism have run away at some point. Jasper Williams Sioux Falls SD wants to raise awareness for the safety of these children.
A recent study has found that about 49 percent of autistic children have run away from home at one point or another, some long enough to cause concern and police involvement. Some were prone to running off repeatedly, but most only ran at least once. Experts do say that it is in the nature of the condition that children are prone to wandering off from their homes and families from time to time.
The most obvious concern among parents when their children run away is the possibility of life-threatening danger when they are in an unknown environment. Children with autism sometimes do not understand the repercussions of stepping into a busy street or entering a body of water if they can’t swim. It can be a great undertaking to keep autistic children from getting into harm’s way, even around the house. Sometimes locking the doors is not enough.
Jasper Williams Sioux Falls SD wants everyone to know that autism is a condition that affects learning development in children starting at early infancy and childhood, and progresses into adulthood without ever regressing. The most characteristic signs of autism are impaired social interactions, impaired communication and a narrowly focused interest in certain things accompanied with repetitive behavior. Autism is one of three disorders on the autism spectrum, the other disorders being Asperger’s Syndrome and pervasive developmental disorders. While all these are on the spectrum, symptoms of one or the other do not necessarily mean that the child has one disability over the other. Children with severe Asperger’s were more likely to run away from home as well.
Advocacy groups exist to help parents with autistic children to find ways to secure their houses from children accidentally wandering off, as well as training emergency services in searching for missing children with autism. Jasper Williams Sioux Falls SD says that researchers are hopeful that reward based therapy will help to keep children from running off.
Jasper Williams Sioux Falls SD is an avid, self-educated chef who loves to spend time in the kitchen when he can. He is also the proud father of two children diagnosed with autism and spends most of his time raising awareness for the condition.