"Kevin & Avonte’s Law will give $2 million annually until 2022 for grants to local law enforcement and nonprofit agencies. The money can be used to provide parents and caregivers the opportunity to voluntarily apply non-invasive tracking technology attached to their children to help locate them if they have wandered away from home."

Elopement, or leaving designated areas without permission, is not uncommon in children with developmental disabilities. Elopement takes the form of wandering off in some children, but it can also consist of running, which can be dangerous (e.g., running into a busy street, running across a busy parking lot). Some children run away from their parents because they like to be chased. Some children elope for a completely different reason – they run toa place that has something that they love (e.g., the toy or movie sections at Target, the area of Walmart that houses a McDonald’s, the neighbor’s house with an adorable dog). Children who elope, especially those who are nonverbal, should wear some sort of device (e.g., an ID bracelet, a GPS tracker, or both) in case they get lost. Equally important, they should receive treatment for elopement. ABA (applied behavior analysis) therapy should be the treatment of choice for this dangerous behavior. A Board Certified Behavior Analyst can design an intervention to decrease elopement and to teach the child to stay with an adult while in public or to stay in a designated area when instructed. Funding aimed at improving safety for children with disabilities is always a great idea. - Duy D. Le, MS, BCBA, Manager, Applied Behavior Analysis.

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