Low Cost Autism Alarms Can Save Lives!

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In the summer of 2014, Keaton our 9 year old autistic son had got out of our house. He was was able to reach the top chain on the door and unlatch it. My wife was getting the mail and taking a bag of trash to our trash can. In a matter of seconds we were in a hysterical frenzy. I saw a local city officer when running around our house and adjoining properties. The words Ill never forget was when he said we found him. I was crying, breathing as if I was having a panic attack and out of breath from running and yelling his name. The officer, who was very sympathetic to our situation ask me why I didn’t call the police when I first thought he had got out of our house. As I told him my mind was racing a million miles an hour, I ran out of the house so fast that I didn’t even think of grabbing my cell phone. When you are put in a stressful and emotional situation like that you act on your impulses. Since that event we have stressed the importance of having these alarms to other parents that have children with autism.
49% of autistic children wander off outside at least once after age 4. Over half of these children (53%) went missing long enough to cause worry. In addition, 65 percent of these incidents involved a close call with traffic. Nearly a quarter (24 percent) involved a close call with drowning. (Autism Speaks 2012) We bought a GPS bracelet after the incident. The price for these devices vary but they have saved the lives of children with autism. A parents worst nightmare is the thought of their autistic child getting out of the house. It only takes a second for a child to slip by and take off. If a device like this saves one life then it’s worth the cost. I believe the cost with installation was less then $40.00 per door installed. I stress the importance of autism alarms to parents of autistic kids. The alarms are just a second barrier they would have to get by. As loud as the alarm is when activated it would be almost be impossible not to hear. This is why we bought a GPS tracking bracelet or watch. We wanted to cover any and all possibilities. There are sever different designs to these GPS trackers but they gave give the location within 100 feet. Children are very curious in nature and when you have a child with autism that curiosity is enhanced. When it comes to the well being of your children the cost of these alarms and GPS devices are insignificant. It is a good idea for parents to look for an alarm that would not impede them from exiting a house if it was on fire for example but would stop a child from escaping the safety of their home. A current picture should always be kept for law enforcement and parents can go to their local police department and explain their child’s condition so it can be recorded in their computer system. If a child was to become missing the police would already have a photo and description of the child they would be looking for. This saves an immense amount of time because police don’t have to get a description of the child because it’s already in their database. I hope our story and the information given will let parents be proactive instead of reactive.

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6 thoughts on “Low Cost Autism Alarms Can Save Lives!”

  1. I installed a regular residential burglar alarm when my youngest was about four. One day we found him walking down our street. The little beep beep beep made me keenly aware when any door or window was open. I put it on “instant” whenever I was asleep for a jarring sound should any means of escape be breached. Great post and great advice!

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    1. It’s a subject that more parents should address. These little guys are smart and they have a sense of adventure. I am glad you found it informative.

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