According to one recent study conducted by the CDC, about one out of every 59 children is diagnosed with some form of autism spectrum disorder as of 2018. Boys are actually significantly more likely to be diagnosed than girls, with a rate that is about four times higher. Generally speaking, most kids are diagnosed with autism after they turn four-years-old – but it can reliably be diagnosed as early as two-years-old depending on the situation.GPS Tracking

No parent wants to think about what might happen if their child were to suddenly wander away from home or while in a public place – but this is an especially pressing concern for parents of kids with autism. It’s a common issue and, until now, there has been no viable solution. Luckily, the Autism Society of Acadiana is attempting to change that, having recently launched a new campaign designed to help care for and watch over kids with an autism spectrum disorder. Specifically, they’re planning on rolling out a series of GPS tracking devices specifically for these kids and their family members – a move that many believe could potentially save lives in the process.

GPS Tracking Devices for Autistic Kids: Breaking Things Down

The Autism Society of Acadiana has partnered with Angel Sense and is already offering GPS tracking devices to local families. Shaina Auzenne became the first recipient of one of the devices, which was much needed after her nine-year-old daughter Aubrey Brown wandered off last year. Even though the child was only gone for about two minutes, Shaina described it as “her most frightening moment” and hopefully these GPS tracking devices will help prevent that from happening to anyone else.

Part of the reason why it’s so dangerous when autistic kids wander off is that many of those on the spectrum are considered less or totally non-verbal. Because of that, even if they do find an adult, they’re less likely than other children to be able to give their name, their telephone number, their address or any other type of contact information. This makes the process of getting them back home safe and sound an uphill battle to say the least.

The Angel Sense GPS tracking devices include a number of innovative features, all of which will definitely come in handy. They provide warning alerts, for example, in the event that a child wanders away from a pre-defined area. If you set up a geofence around your home and your child suddenly walked down the street, for example, you would get an instant alert to your smartphone, tablet or other associated mobile devices. Because you’re literally talking about a situation where every second count, that alone could make all the difference in the world.

There are other features, too, that make the GPS tracking devices useful even beyond the event of an emergency. Parents can get live updates of their child’s location using any device connected to the Internet with a Web browser or via the associated mobile app. There are even different communication options for teachers when kids are at school. Likewise, push notifications can also be enabled that give alerts if a child stops at an unexpected place. If a child always takes the same route home from school every day but suddenly deviates from that routine, parents will know immediately – putting them in an excellent position to do something about it as quickly as possible.

Right now, applications for the devices are currently being accepted by members of the Autism Society of Acadiana. The device’s activation fee – along with three months of the annual subscription service – will be included free of charge. After that initial period, any families who receive the devices will be responsible for maintaining and updating them. Once AS Acadiana members have received their devices, the Autism Society will begin accepting applications from members of the surrounding communities. That is something that is expected to happen by the end of the year.