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Study Says Autistic Children Most Likely to Run Away

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A recent study published by the Pediatrics Journal reveals autistic children are most likely to run away from their homes, leading to numerous injuries and deaths.

The behavior, described by the Journal as “elopement,” or “wandering,” has placed a heavy burden on families of autistic children, who often get hit by cars or drown after managing to sneak out of their house.

The Journal studied 1,218 children with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) and 1,076 of their siblings without ASD. Results concluded 49 percent of children with ASD have attempted to elope at least once after turning 4, and 26 percent were missing long enough to cause concern. Some of these children may have limited intellectual abilities which could prevent them from responding to their names when called.