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Wandering Awareness & Prevention

Forty-nine percent of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and many children with other diagnoses engage in wandering behavior at some point in their lives, yet caregivers and the community are often unaware of how to protect these children from the dangers of wandering. In an effort to better serve Connecting for Kids (CFK) families and the communities where we live, CFK has prepared a collection of wandering resources for caregivers and the community.


If you are a caregiver to a child who has engaged in wandering behavior or who is part of a group that is at risk wandering, please see our Caregiver Resources, including tips to put a S.T.O.P. to wandering.

Caregiver Resource Page


Members of the community can use the resources we have collected on our Community Resource page to learn more about wandering and become better first responders.

Community Resource Page

Wandering Awareness and Prevention Resources | Connecting for Kids

What is Wandering?

Wandering (also called eloping, bolting, running) occurs when a person, who requires some level of supervision to be safe, leaves a supervised, safe space and/or the care of a responsible person and is exposed to potential dangers.

Who is at Risk?

While most frequently seen in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and Alzheimer’s, wandering behavior can occur with numerous other diagnoses, including Down syndrome, intellectual disability, anxiety and ADHD.

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IMPORTANT: Resources on this website are provided for your information only and do not constitute medical advice or an endorsement of any clinical or therapeutic method, treatment, service, safety device, safety product, organization or vendor. Connecting for Kids is not responsible for the content produced by, or the services rendered by, any third party that is referenced. Be sure to consult with your child’s health care provider concerning these tips.

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