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Parents Of Autistic Children Worry About Wandering Kids


Lee Klekota is fearful for her autistic child.

"You have to be everywhere every minute, every second, said Kleokota. "You're always on edge."

Her 10 year old autistic son has a habit of walking out of the house by himself. 

"When he gets mad or gets frustrated, his thing right now is he will take off outside and he will take off running," said Klekota. "This weekend he made it to Cavanaugh before his helper could catch up to him."

It is a problem parents with autistic children face.

"It scares me," said Klekota.

The mother carries a identification card with her where ever she goes. She got it from the Mid-Michigan autism association.  It has all of her son's information on it if she has to call 911 if he runs away.

"This is so in your flustered panic you would have appropriate information already filled out to give to emergency personnel," Mary Sharp, medical doctor.

Doctors say autistic children have a different thought process. They have a single idea in their head and do whatever it takes to get it.  

"So if the image is the 7-11 that they went to that's five blocks over even though there's traffic and no stop signs," said Sharp. "The idea is that ice cream tat the 7-11 and they're going to get there.

This isn't new to the department of human services. They get called out onto the scene of wandering children.

"It happens with some frequency," said Colin Parks, state manager of children protective services. "I was an investigator in the field for 10 years and during that time when I was in the field, I had my share of those investigations."

Lee hopes autism awareness continues to spread and parents learn of what resources are available to them and their families. 

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