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12 WAYS TO PREVENT, AND RESPOND TO, ASD WANDERING

7) ALERT YOUR NEIGHBORS

It is recommended that caregivers plan a brief visit with neighbors to introduce their loved one or provide a photograph. Knowing your neighbors can help reduce the risks associated with wandering.
::  Give your neighbor a simple handout with your name, address, and phone number.
:: Ask them to call you immediately if they see your child outside the home.
:: Decide what other information to present to neighbors.
:: Does your child have a fear of cars and animals or is he/she drawn to them?
:: Does your child gravitate towards pools or nearby ponds or creeks?
:: Does he/she respond to their name or would a stranger think they are deaf?
:: Are there sensory issues or meltdown triggers your neighbors should know about?
NOTE: Approach neighbors you trust. It’s necessary for all parents to check their neighborhood for nearby sex offenders by visiting www.familywatchdog.us.
Click here to download a Family Wandering Emergency Plan.
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