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Expert: Wandering an All-too-Common Problem for Children with Autism

Posted: 01/25/17 12:42

Wandering by children with autism is common, dangerous, and at times, deadly. On Monday at about 9 p.m., 7-year-old Tanner Vick died when he wandered out of his Franklin County home and was hit by a car on Darius Pearce Road. Vick had autism and played baseball for the Miracle League of Franklin County. According to a neighbor, Vicks' mother went to the bathroom and when she returned to the room, he was gone. David Laxton, with the Autism Society of North Carolina, described the circumstances as tragic. "Some children with autism, and some adults with autism, are just drawn to things that are dangerous," he said. "They just don't understand the danger." Laxton said wandering is an all-too-common problem. Read More