10 Resources And Devices For Wandering Children With AutismA more recent article of tracking devices can be found here: 7 Tracking Devices to Find a Lost Child with Autism Wandering... The constant fear parents with an autistic child will always have. Every week there is another news story of a child gone missing and sometimes the results are tragic. Recently the Interactive Autism Network, A program of the Kennedy Krieger Institute released the preliminary results of a study on children with autism that wander. One thing the study shows is that wandering has never been given much consideration. Only half of families with wanderers report they had never received advice or guidance about wandering from a professional. Below we provide 10 resources to learn about and help prevent wandering.
OrganizationsHere are 4 organizations that provide resources, guidance and support to children and adults who wander.
1. AWAAREAWAARE (Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Education), was launched by a cooperation of six major autism advocacy groups to increase public understanding of autism-related wandering and reduce the number of fatalities associated with wandering. AWAARE provides saftey information, safety guides, and resources to ensure you keep your child safe. Twitter and Facebook. 4. Mason Allen Medlam Foundation Founded by Sheila and Kenneth Medlam's who lost their 5-year-old autistic son, Mason, to wandering-related drowning. The Medlam Foundation lobbies the United States Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee and Congress to establish the Mason Alert, a national wandering child alert program run much like the Amber Alert program for suspected child abductions.
Anti Wandering & GPS Tracking technologies
- Tattoos are non-toxic
- Tattoos last up to 7 days
- Tattoos can be removed with rubbing alcohol or baby oil
- Price: Kits are $10
2. EmFindersEmFinders provides a secure band that is worn 24/7. If a child becomes lost, the registered caregiver calls local law enforcement to file a missing person’s report and then calls EmFinders to request remote device activation. Once activated, The band dials 911, provides a message on behalf of the child, and is responded to in the same manner as any other 911 call involving a person in need of emergency assistance.
- No customized software or additional equipment required
- Works reliably indoors, in urban canyons and has no range limitations.
- The EmSeeQ is the only device of its kind that is integrated with the secure and reliable national 911 Emergency System.
- The band cannot be removed by the child, is water resistant and works in places where a GPS does not.
- Price: $199.00 per unit. Service Plan: $25 per month
3. Lok8uNu.m8 created by Lok8u Combines GPS Technology and Cell ID technology to locate a missing person to within 10 feet. A child wears a device that doubles as a wrist watch that comes in an assortment of different colors.
- Parents can track their child online or by sending a text message.
- Parent receives an instant alert if device is removed
- The ‘Safe Zone’ feature allows you to easily set your own defined area by time and day. An immediate alert is sent via Text and email to inform you if your child strays outside this area.
- Price: $199.00 per unit. Service Plan: $10-$18 per month
- If a child leaves a designated safe zone you will receive an alert.
- Unlike the EmFinder the Amber Alert GPS may not work in water.
- Track your child from anywhere with apps for iPhone, Blackberry and Droid.
- Additional bells and whistles include the ability to call the device and listen in on whats going on as well as a predator alert whenever your child gets within 500 feet of the residence of a known sex offender.
- Price: $179 per unit. Monthly service plans range from $10-$42 per month
- Secure bracelet for ankle or wrists (unlike some of the other devices there is no tamper alert if the bracelet has been tampered with)
- Accurate to within 1-5 feet
- 100% water proof
- Uses Radio Frequency signals instead of GPS or Cell phone technology and can detect people in buildings and tunnels.
- Saftey Net works covers 60% of U.S. as well as part of Canada ( See coverage map)
- Price: $99 enrollment fee $30 per month
- Works wherever GPS Navigation systems work
- Secure Geo-fence that will send an alert to the authorized numbers when an individual goes beyond a permitted area.
- SOS button will send a help alert and exact location to the authorized numbers for immediate rescue.
- Price: $160 No Monthly Fee
[UPDATE] In 2014 a new safety solution for children with autism called AngelSense was introduced. AngelSense provides active protection for children with autism using GPS tracking and voice monitoring technologies. Learn more about AngelSense here