Elopement Patterns and Caregiver Strategies

Allan M. Andersen, J. Kiely Law, Alison R. Marvin, Paul H. Lipkin

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The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) administered a survey to caregivers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) on their interventions for elopement behavior (EB). Data from 526 respondents were analyzed. Most families reported multiple interventions for EB and rated interventions overall as effective but burdensome. Several interventions such as fencing and window locks had favorable effectiveness/burden profiles. Tracking devices were used infrequently and rated as having low effectiveness. Behavioral specialists were commonly used, rated as effective, and most often provided by insurance. Medications were rated as having low effectiveness for EB, whether taken off-label for EB or for other reasons. Further study is needed to identify EB interventions that are effective, affordable, and easy to implement are needed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2053-2063
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020


  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Elopement
  • Injury
  • Mortality
  • Wandering

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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