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Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Autism Elopement Stats

Chantal Sicile-Kira: Autism Forecast: Mostly Green With a Chance of Red

Some statistics:

• Roughly half, or 48 percent, of children with an ASD attempt to elope from a safe environment, a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings (National Autism Association, Lethal Outcomes in ASD Wandering, 2012).

• Children with ASD are eight times more likely to elope between the ages of 7 and 10 than their typically-developing siblings (IAN Research Report: Elopement and Wandering, 2011).

• Half of families with elopers report they had never received advice or guidance about elopement from a professional (IAN Research Report: Elopement and Wandering, 2011).

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