Wandering (also known as “elopement”) is a common source of concern and stress for parents of children with ASD. Just over the holidays, wandering ended in tragedy for the family of a five year old boy with ASD in Pennsylvania. Because wandering can occur in the blink of an eye, and simple vigilance is not enough, it is important that families develop a multi-faceted strategy for preventing wandering and taking quick and effective action if it does occur. To this end, Autism Speaks has compiled numerous resources, including the Big Red Safety Tool Kit, scripted stories, and other tips/strategies, to help families develop a plan for their child’s safety. Click here to review and download the resources.