Do You Have a Runner?

Do You Have a Runner?

A lot of children with Autism and Down Syndrome (among other diagnosis) love to run, run away, far… fast… and they don’t have the ability to process consequences or danger. They are focused on the instant gratification in spite of negative consequences. Unfortunately, what this means is that a lot of parents avoid taking their children to crowded places like the circus and zoo, for fear they might bolt. Eloping they call it… there is an actual term because it is an actual, pretty serious challenge for special needs parents! I shared a recent story about a friend of mine, it was a scary situation! What can you do ahead of time if this is a problem you face frequently? Temporary Tattoos – There are a few options for temporary tattoos. Some have you write the number in a location on the tattoo with a marker once it’s been placed but others are fully customizable. I found several vendors, even Etsy, by searching “Temporary tattoos with phone number”. They are very reasonably priced, we are talking as low as 45 for $20,with the phone numebrs! This is a great option for crowded places. Teach older children to show the tattoo to others, no words required. Harnesses and Leashes – There are a number of somewhat fun and stylish kid backpacks on the market that function as harnesses. Not only will many children like the style of the pack, but they also provide some weight and sensory input. You can also put some of the tiny things to keep tiny hands busy inside! Check online for “Toddler safety harnesses and...
Uh-Oh, a Runner!

Uh-Oh, a Runner!

Friends of mine had a scary moment this summer! Spoiler… but it all worked out in the end. I wanted to share because during this little event, some things went right, and some things went wrong, and some things COULD have gone REALLY wrong. Some friends of mine were at a local amusement park. They have a six-year-old son with Down Syndrome, Spencer who is fun and loves to run… LOVES to run. They had just got done on a fun water ride, twice, Spencer loved it! But they needed to take a little break and went to get something to eat so they went away from the ride and on to the tables by the food carts. The parents who were there together went back and forth ordering, getting situated and picking up a food. And then they realized that Spencer was gone. It was one of those “Well I thought you had him!” and “But I thought you had him!” moments that all parents have had at one… hundred… times. But, being in a crowded place and with Spencer’s diagnosis this made for a very scary situation! Immediately his mom went to the ride that they had just been on that he loved. They had asked around if anyone had seen a boy with down syndrome and while asking people in line some said no and then a few started saying yes! Turns out, he had pushed his way through the entire line. He pushed through, down onto the moving loading platform and onto a raft with another family. The workers and people in law watched it...