AT for Safety

AT for Safety

Many children with autism, and some adults with more severe autism, are at risk for eloping (running away). Children with autism can be very good at manipulating locks, and even "babyproofing" may not be enough to keep them indoors.

In addition to ordinary door chains, baby gates, and latches, many families (and some group homes and schools) use ID bracelets and tracking devices to maintain safety.

There are a number of companies that produce ID bracelets, tags, cards, and trackers. They provide name, address, and contact info and, in some cases, automatically connect with first responders. All are quite similar, however, and the choice depends on your level of need and your budget

A few companies that make such products include:

Alert Me Bands

Alert Me Bands only require you or your child to wear it and to wear it in a visible manner, meaning secure it on top of a long sleeve shirt or coat when your wrist is covered by clothing. There are no subscriptions, no smartphones needed and no future purchases to make the Alert Me Band effective in an emergency…just wear it so it is visible and it will communicate who to call when you can’t.

AWAARE: Autism Wandering Awareness Alerts Response and Education Collaboration children with Autism are prone to wandering away from a safe environment his might include running off from adults at school or in the community, leaving the classroom without permission, or leaving the house when the family is not looking. This behavior is considered common and short-lived in toddlers, but it may persist or re-emerge in children and adults with autism. Children with autism have challenges with social and communication skills and safety awareness. This makes wandering a potentially dangerous behavior.

NAA has created three digital safety toolkits that can be downloaded here:

Caregiver Toolkit | First Responder Toolkit | Teacher Toolkit Download and begin using your Big Red Safety Toolkit today. Provide a copy of the First Responder Toolkit to your local police department. Ask them to implement Reverse 911 in your county and read the included Directive from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.

Project Lifesaver International

Tracking Devices to Find a Lost Child with Autism

The increasing prevalence of children wandering has many parents very concerned.

With more children with autism getting lost provide tracking devices for Autistic children so they do not go missing. These proposed tracking devices can be worn as wristwatches, anklets or clipped onto belt loops or shoelaces. He also notes that a similar program is already in place for those suffering from Alzheimer’s.

In the next few year we will see an influx of tracking devices designed specifically for the autism community. Until then we will have to make do with what is currently available. What many parents don’t know is that there already are some very good tracking devices that may help track your child with autism or other special needs.

Here are seven great devices that can help track your child

Amber Alert GPS

The Amber Alert GPS product is a durable, child-friendly product that allows children to call a parent through the touch of a button via AT&T’s 3G network, as well as allows parents to call and track their kids. There are multiple attachment accessories available, giving children and parents options for how to wear the device. With no screen, it does not allow for internet access or texting, protecting kids from cyber-bullying or content that is not age appropriate. Parents are able to quickly access their child’s real-time whereabouts via an online portal or mobile phone app.

Pocket Finder

PocketFinder People GPS trackers give you full control in today’s crazy world. These reliable devices could help you prevent a tragedy with the children, teens or senior parents in your life. Or, they simply give you more peace of mind knowing you are connected to those you love most. Be in the know all day and from anywhere with full time tracking and access this data from the website or with the free mobile apps.


While most parents want to be able to reach their children if necessary, we found that most don’t want their children to have a mobile phone until their teen years. After all, mobile phones come with certain dangers for little ones, and they can lose them. The solution was to create Filip, a simple mobile device that children aged between 5 and 11 could wear on their wrist. In fact, up to five trusted contacts can communicate with the child using FiLIP


Trax is a tiny GPS-tracker that can be located practically anywhere, at any time. Just launch the mobile app and you’ll see the tracker moving in real time on a map. Create safe zones, (GEO-fences) get notified about fast movements and keep track of distances. Trax is water proof, packed with the latest technology and comes with two years of free roaming. Trax is all about your loved ones being safe – and it could very well be the most important product you’re buying this year.

Be Luvv Guardian

Guardian, the world’s first wearable device links to a worldwide safety network. Parents can now easily pinpoint the whereabouts of their children anytime, anywhere with their smartphones. Every person who installs the Guardian App will becomes a part of the network, effectively increasing the safety of children around the world. If there is children go missing, parents can launch an immediate search on Guardian App, with the aid of Guardian’s vast network, and effectively decrease the time it takes to find them. By combining the latest hardware and social networks, Guardian increases children’s safety wherever they are.

Secure GPS eZoom

Secure GPS offers a number of products for Seniors, Teen Drivers, Fleet Tracking and more. The Secure eZoom GPS device, you can track your child and check their location anytime online, with your mobile device or by sending a text message. Features include:

eZoom’s SOS button quickly connects a child in distress with their parent or guardian by sending the child’s current location

Waterproof and durable unit

Long-lasting rechargeable battery

1-year warranty


If you want an all-in-one that will make sure your child doesn’t wander too far, you dont lose your keys or purse the Bikn (pronounced Beacon) might be a great solution. Unlike GPS systems, BiKN works both inside and outside your home or office within about a 250,000 square foot range. What’s more, with BiKN, not only does your iPhone find your stuff – your stuff can help you find your iPhone. Even if it is turned off, muted or or dead.The Prevalence of Wandering Children with Autism

Road ID App

The eCrumb feature of the App allows family/caregivers to track someone in real time, on a map. Road ID was developed for runners, but the tracking and ID products can meet the same needs for the autism/I/DD community.

Project Lifesaver’s PAL (Protect And Locate) Tracking System

Along with the digital watch/transmitter, PAL has a portable receiver which notifies the caregiver of a wandering event through the use of GPS technology. If the caregiver presses the “find” button on the portable receiver the PAL watch will determine the location of the individual. Band has locking feature.

Angel Sense

AngelSense is the only GPS and voice monitoring tracker created specifically for children with special needs and has proven to save lives of children that wandered. It’s attached to the child’s clothing with sensory friendly accessories and can’t be removed without help from a parent. With AngelSense you get a real time map view of all your child’s locations and routes; warning alerts if your child leaves a safe environment; automatic first responder alert in case of emergency and a listen-in feature. The parents’ monitoring app is available on iOS, Android and web.


Jiobit is a GPS monitoring tracker that gives real-time alerts about your loved one’s location no matter where they are or how far they are, allows you to customize geofencing alerts, and sends you an alert if your loved one walks too far away from you. Additional optional features include SOS Mode, an automated security system, with 911 emergency response, and and Alert Button so your loved one can call for help with the click of a button.

Care Trak

An alarm goes off when your loved one leaves the perimetered area. It also has a mobile locater tracking unit to find your child up to a mile away.

GPS SmartSole

GPS SmartSole® is a smartphone hidden and sealed in a trim-able shoe insole. It uses GPS and cellular technology, is charged about every day, and requires service plan. It automatically logs its location sending geozone alerts via email and text.

My Buddy Tag

My Buddy Tag® is waterproof and the app alerts you when the child wearing My Buddy Tag® wanders out of your proximity or has fallen into a pool or lake. Each Buddy Tag® comes with a wristband with a locking coin-screw to prevent easy removal.

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