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Preventing deaths from wandering, accidental drowning of children with autism spectrum disorders

May 19, 2010

Wandering-related factors such as drowning and external exposure are leading causes of death of children and adults with autism, according to studies and reports.

Jim Moody of the National Autism Association called for more awareness and prevention of wandering at last month’s Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee meeting in Washington, D.C.

Wandering is most closely associated with Alzheimer’s disease but it is also a major problem in people with autism, who often have compromised communication abilities, impulsive behaviors, and a lack of a sense of danger.

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