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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Effect of Autism Wandering on Families

New Research Finds Half of All Children With Autism Wander From Safety - PR Newswire -

Effect of Wandering on Families

  • Wandering was ranked among the most stressful ASD behaviors by 58% of parents of elopers
  • 62% of families with children who elope were prevented from attending/enjoying activities outside the home due to fear of wandering
  • 40% of parents had suffered sleep disruption due to fear of elopement
  • Children with ASD are eight times more likely to elope between the ages of seven and 10 than their typically-developing siblings

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