Last week, after we had finished with our youngest sons IEP, in the evening we went to an Autism Support group meeting in which many topics were addressed but one caught my attention and a lot of time was spent it during the meeting. It was a topic that I have had questions about at Autism and Scouting which I knew very little about. After that support meeting, I had a place to go to refer people to. The topic was Autism and Wandering.
I have heard stories of scouts with Autism wandering and in a camping situation, it can be very dangerous and a source of concern for parents and leaders when working with a scout with autism that has this issue.
My wife does a blog called Aspierations - Come as you are... Let your light shine! She is an Aspie herself and promotes acceptance in her blog and has been blogging all month on different topics relating to Autism. She did blog a few days after the meeting and I wanted to share her blog here. With her permission, this is what she wrote. It doesn't deal directly with the issue, I have plans to write about that in the coming days but it is a great starting point to learn more about this topic.
Please let us know if you find it helpful and come join the Autism and Scouting Facebook group if you have not already done so.
Autism Wandering Safety Information & Kit from AWAARE
by Karen Krejcha at Aspierations - Come as you are... Let your light shine!
Hi Aspierations Friends,
1) Educational materials and tools:
- A caregiver checklist - A Family Wandering Emergency Plan
- A first-responder profile form
- A wandering-prevention brochure
- A sample IEP Letter
2) Two (2) GE Door Alarms
3) One (1) Who’s Shoe ID
4) Five (5) Laminated Adhesive Stop Sign Visual Prompts for doors and windows