New autism resrch has shown that nearly half of the children diagnosed with autism tend to wander off or even run away. Based off of a survey for families dealing with autism, children with autism are four times more likely to run away than children without autism spectrum disorder.
The director of the Interactive Autism Network (IAN) Paul Law recently stated that the reasoning for this type of behavior is that “it’s rooted in the very nature of autism itself.” The IAN has shown that children who wander off or run away are most often found in a number of locations such as their home, someone else’s home, a store, or school. It has also been discovered that children have tried to elope up to several times a day.
Autism studies discover different reasons as to why these children are running away such as out of curiosity, to explore, seeking a desirable place, or to remove themselves from a stressful situation. Researchers have found that 49% of children with ASD have tried to elope of run away and 53% went missing long enough to cause concern. Studies have also proven that the age most children with ASD tend to run away is around the ages of 4-5 years old.
Law explains that children with ASD don’t have the proper social skills needed to understand the importance of making their parents aware of their actions beforehand.
Researchers stress the importance of spreading awareness for autism education. We believe that the more we understand about this behavior, the better it will become to address, prevent, and control.
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