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can autistic children often wander off by themselves?

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Dr. Lisa Rankin
24 years experience ADHD and Autism
Not uncommon : Many children with autism, especially when younger and with fewer communication and social skills, are at risk for elopement. There may not experience a sense of danger at leaving or recognize the need to notify others of desire. For some it is such a problem that they need to keep some type of tracking device on. Luckily this will become less an issue for most as they are older. Aba can help.
Answered on Nov 24, 2016
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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Along with intensive: Behavioral intervention, it's important to put locks on outside doors too high for her to reach + a buzzer (sold at radio shack) to alert you of elopement attempts at night. She's eligible for free public special education if 3 or >, with a behavior plan that addresses elopement. See http://www.Autismspeaks.Org/ for safe harnesses for use in public & apply for a handicap placard for your car.
Answered on Apr 21, 2013
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Dr. Marsha Davis
27 years experience Internal Medicine
Of she has not been diagnosed with autism take her to a pediatric psychiatrist to get a correct diagnosis
Apr 21, 2013

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