wandering

12 WAYS TO PREVENT, AND RESPOND TO, ASD WANDERING

1) UNDERSTAND WANDERING PATTERNS AND ELIMINATE TRIGGERS

::  Ask yourself what type of wandering best describes your child/adult (goal-directed, non goal-directed, random, sudden runner, etc.)
:: Acknowledge what triggers may make your child/adult wander off or leave quickly.
:: Implement strategies at home to avoid known triggers. Work on calming methods to help your child/adult cope with the triggers and provide other ways to handle the trigger besides running, etc.
:: Address known triggers within your child’s IEP, and advocate for de-escalation (calming) techniques.
:: Understand if your child/adult has a goal (Are they trying to get to water? Train tracks? Nearby merry-go-round?)
:: Address known goals; allow supplemental objects within safe environment; allow child to explore obsessions under safe supervision in safe environment (for example, if your child’s goal is to get to water, offer a set time for water play each day in your home under close adult supervision).
:: Understand if your child/adult is trying to get away from something (Is there too much noise? Is there too much commotion? Is there boredom?) so that it may be addressed.
:: Understand if your child/adult tends to wander during the night, CLICK HERE for tips on how to avoid nighttime wandering.
:: Obtain relevant social stories and go through them with your child.
:: Document fascinations and share with first-responders, school, relatives, and friends; communicate with your child and all of those involved with your child’s daily activities.
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