The case of missing New York City teenager Avonte Oquendo has spurred a national conversation about wandering in the autism community. NPR host Celeste Headlee interviewed the National Autism Association’s Lori McIlwain about her experience with her own son on the spectrum. McIlwain's child has wandered more than once but was luckily found safe. He now wears a tracking device partially funded by law enforcement which emits a radio frequency so police can track him.
McIlwain also discusses why amber alerts are not used for children with autism who wander and precautions that schools and parents can take. She also offered tips for anyone who happens to spot a wandering child.
Listen to the whole interview here.
Check out our 7 steps to prevent wandering at your child's school.