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The Wandering Autistic Child

From the Show: Healthy Children
Summary: Are you worried your Autistic child will wander away? Many parents are afraid, and we offer solutions to help you cope.
Air Date: 10/10/12
Duration: 10
Host: Melanie Cole, MS
Guest Bio: Dr. Paul Law, MD
Paul Law resizedDr. Paul Law is a pediatrician and director of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN Project) at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Md. As the nation's first online autism registry, the IAN Project accelerates autism research to improve the lives of individuals with autism spectrum disorders by collecting valuable data from parents for research analysis, and by matching families with research studies for which they qualify in their own communities. The IAN Project is now the largest collection of autism data in the world, with over 42,000 participants from every state and U.S. territory. To learn more about the IAN Project or join the search for answers, visit www.ianproject.org
The Wandering Autistic Child
Nearly half of children with an ASD elope, and more than half of these “go missing.”  When parents whose children have eloped, 43 percent said the issue had prevented family members from getting a good night’s sleep, and 62
percent said their concerns had prevented family from attending or enjoying activities outside the home. 

Interventions are needed to help parents with children that suffer from this scary impact on children and families.

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