HealthDay (4/30, Preidt) reported that according to the findings of a 1,400-child study presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting, about “one-third of children on the autism spectrum engage in wandering behaviors.”
Medical Daily (4/30, Dovey) pointed out that the study looked at children ranging in age from six to 18. “The study authors believe,” however, “that eliminating parents of children younger than age five from questioning may have underestimated the true extent of elopement within the” population of children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Nevertheless, “the study does highlight the urgency of the problem and the need to develop more effective solutions to preventing it.”
— “‘Wandering’ a Hazard for More Than a Third of Kids With Autism,” Robert Preidt, HealthDay, April 30, 2016.