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12 WAYS TO PREVENT, AND RESPOND TO, ASD WANDERING

10) PREVENT WANDERING AT SCHOOL, SUMMER CAMP, AND OTHER EXTERNAL SETTINGS

Parents may be surprised to learn that their child/adult has wandered from certain settings, such as school, camp, and work programs. It is not required that responsible parties inform you of any minor or major wandering incidents. Be sure to find out on the first encounter with new schools, camps, etc. what protocols are in place to prevent and address wandering incidents and other emergencies. It is recommended that you continue to monitor by asking teachers, aides, counselors, school administrators, residential caretakers, etc., if your child/adult has ever wandered:
::  Ask, “Has my child ever wandered within school premises?” (inside the building)
::  Ask, “Has my child ever wandered outside school premises?” (outside of the building)
:: Ask, “Has my child ever fled from a teacher?” If so, why?
:: Ask, “Has my child ever been left unattended during class?”
:: Ask, “Has my child ever been left unattended during transitions?”
:: Ask, “After each therapy session or any other activity, is my child escorted back to class and/or monitored by an adult?”
:: If you haven’t done so previously, ask “What are the school’s policies on wandering prevention?”
:: Write a letter requesting that you always be informed, in writing, of any wandering incident on or off the campus.
:: If your child/adult is an active wanderer and poses safety risks, consider addressing wandering issues in his/her IEP or personal care plan.
:: Take note of all architectural barriers (fences, etc.) around the school, day care or summer camp, or lack thereof. Make the facility aware of any lack of barriers and ask for barriers to be put in place.
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