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I Had No Idea This Behavior Was So Common Among Children with Autism — Now I Know How to Help!

Wandering is common among toddlers and is often short-lived — however, with children and adults with autism, the behavior can continue for years, with nearly fifty percent of all children with autism engaging in the behavior.

Individuals on the spectrum often have difficulties with communication and safety awareness, which can lead to a tendency to leave a safe area or a guardian’s care. Unfortunately, wandering can result in a number of dangers, including traffic injuries and (most commonly) accidental drowning.

Learn more about wandering behavior, and what you can do to help a misplaced child or adult on the spectrum in this video.

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Matthew M. Sullivan holds a bachelor's degree in creative writing from Grand Valley State University, with emphases in fiction and nonfiction. He lives smack-dab between some railroad tracks and Grand Rapids Michigan's third-busiest road, and spends his time studying film and literary fiction.