49% of children with autism wander; many gravitate to water
As part of its autism safety initiative, Hope for Three recently offered an opportunity for parents with children on the autism spectrum to become CPR certified. The workshop, held at the home of Charlene Rogers, LPN, was instructed by Andrea Tripp, RN, BSN, M.Ed. Participants were given information and hands on demonstrations of the proper techniques of saving a life of a person in distress.
“Our autism safety initiative is part of various resources we offer the families we serve,” said Mary Ann Hibbeler, Hope for Three Family Assistance Coordinator. It is especially important because children on the autism spectrum are prone to wandering and eloping from safe environments such as home, schools, public places; many head straight to nearby waters; knowing CPR is critical”, continued Hibbeler.
The American Academy of Pediatrics reports that 49% of children with autism wander. Because of this high percentage, several national autism organizations created AWAARE – Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response Education Collaboration. As part of its national efforts, AWAARE encourages the support and sharing of information with local organizations like Hope for Three to offer safety measures for autism families.
Hope for Three is a local non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to families living with the challenges of autism.
For more information on Family Assistance Programs or how you can volunteer and contribute to an autism family, call 1-800-317-0787 or visit www.hopeforthree.org. Hope for Three, providing help and creating hope.