Michele Schwartz, MS, OTR/L
Eloping, or wandering away from a safe environment, can be super scary for families and caregivers of individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and special needs.
This behavior can put individuals with ASD at risk of injury, making it an important safety issue for families of children with ASD.
Not being able to sleep or rest for a second because you are worried your child will leave the house is very taxing on a family.
Understanding elopement behavior in individuals with ASD is crucial for preventing potential dangers and ensuring their safety.
There are various reasons why individuals with autism may elope. Understanding these reasons is essential for developing effective preventative measures.
- Sensory Overload - Communication difficulties - Lack of awareness of danger - Other contributing factor