Autistic kids more likely to wander, disappear

New York, Feb 5 (IANS) Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are more likely to wander away from adult supervision than children with cognitive impairment but no ASD, a new study says.

Among other symptoms, ASD is characterised by deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts.

“The kids who are most likely to wander are the kids who are least likely to respond appropriately to police or rescue personnel – potentially further jeopardising their safety;” senior investigator of the study Andrew Adesman from Cohen Children’s Medical Center of New York.

“First responders need to recognise that children or young adults with an autism spectrum disorder may over-react to some well-intentioned interventions and may be unresponsive to simple commands or questions,” Adesman noted.

Using data from a 2011 US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention survey of parents and guardians of more than 4,000 children aged six to 17 with special health care needs, researchers divided the children into three groups: those with ASD only, ASD with intellectual disability (ID) and/or developmental delay (DD), and just ID and/or DD.

Researchers found that children with ASD (with or without associated cognitive delays) were more likely to wander off than children with cognitive impairment but no ASD.

Across all groups, wanderers were more likely to not realise when they are in danger, to have difficulty distinguishing between strangers and familiar people, to show sudden mood changes, to over-react to situations and people, to get angry quickly, and to panic in new situations or if change occurs, the study said.

Leave a Reply

Please enter your comment!

The opinions, views, and thoughts expressed by the readers and those providing comments are theirs alone and do not reflect the opinions of or any employee thereof. is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the readers. Responsibility for the content of comments belongs to the commenter alone.  

We request the readers to refrain from posting defamatory, inflammatory comments and not indulge in personal attacks. However, it is obligatory on the part of to provide the IP address and other details of senders of such comments to the concerned authorities upon their request.

Hence we request all our readers to help us to delete comments that do not follow these guidelines by informing us at Lets work together to keep the comments clean and worthful, thereby make a difference in the community.

Please enter your name here