The Straits Times
Published on Oct 09, 2012

Nearly half of autistic kids wander from safety: Study


BALTIMORE, Maryland (AFP) - Almost half of United States children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder wander away from safe places, and about half go missing long enough to alarm their parents, a new study out Monday found.

The study published in the journal Pediatrics on research by the Kennedy Krieger Institute that looked at more than 1,200 families highlighted how significant a concern the issue is, the authors wrote.

"We have (long) heard from families of children with autism that their children often place themselves in danger by wandering or eloping," said lead author Dr Paul Law, senior author and director of the IAN Project at the Kennedy Krieger Institute.

"These are the first published findings in the United States that provide an estimate of the number of children with ASD who not only wander or elope, but go missing long enough to cause real concern."