Parents of autistic children who wander away from home can use the technology of GPS tracking devices to keep their children safe from harm. There’s a wide range of behaviors on the autism spectrum. Wandering isn’t something every family experiences. For those who do or for those with young children who’ve demonstrated other autistic symptoms, using a tracking system can prevent their children from getting lost.
GPS Tracking Devices for the Non-Verbal Child
Many autistic children have slow-developing verbal skills. They don’t speak or speak very little. Tracking devices are very important for these children. If lost or in danger, they may be unable to call for help. Having a GPS tracking device that tracks location in real-time can mean the difference between a scary experience and a true tragedy.
Parents of autistic children have many hurdles to cross. Facing the preventable loss of a child, dealing with criticism from friends and neighbors or having the Department of Human Services involved in their lives due to wandering issues makes everything worse. Using a tracking unit protects these kids and their families. It’s a simple investment that is well worth the cost, but how can parents apply it correctly?
Hiding Your Child’s Tracking Device
Autism can cause a variety of sensory issues that make wearing a device unbearable. Kids with this disorder may also suffer from demand resistance, making it unlikely they will keep a tracker with them by choice. It may be necessary for parents to hide a GPS tracking unit on their child’s body.
GPS tracking units sending information in real-time may be slightly larger than the type that stores location data for downloading later. The devices are roughly the size of a deck of cards compared to a smaller square, 1.5-inches by 1.5 inches in size. Trackers can be inserted in coat linings, backpacks and favorite toys. The opening is then fastened with Velcro or in a similar way that allows for reopening later. Trackers can also be placed in side pockets in cargo-style pants and shorts without drawing much attention.
Parents of autistic children know how much their kids’ safety depends on knowing where they are. For a child who wanders and does not speak, the danger is even greater. GPS tracking devices can be used to keep tabs on children’s locations at all times. They represent a convenient, affordable and necessary tool families have in managing one aspect of the disorder invading their lives.