Through our work to address Autism Wandering over the last few years, we’ve discovered some effective and inexpensive ways to help keep our kids safe.  Please review this information and share this page with other caregivers who may benefit from it as well.

1.) Door/Window Alarms

These battery-operated alarms are super easy to install and can be found at many retail outlets including Home Depot, Walmart and Radio Shack.  They can also be purchased online for just $9.99 for a set of two alarms.

2.) Shoe ID Tags

These are especially good for our kids who can’t tolerate wearing an ID bracelet.  They’re water-resistant and attach easily to shoes with velcro. Using a Sharpie, you can write your emergency contact information and medical conditions onto the inside of the tags. Only $7.99 for a set of two.  Get them online here.

3.) Do-It-Yourself Stop Signs

A visual prompt that makes your child stop – or even pause for a moment – can be critical to preventing a tragedy. To create your own, perform a Google Image Search to find an image you like. Then right-click on the image and choose “save image to desktop”. Print and adhere to windows and doors. FREE!

4.) Guardian Lock

The Guardian Lock is a portable lock you can use on any door – and you can take it with you when you travel.  This lock is difficult for even our most talented little escape artists to get through.  It took a few minutes for me to figure out how to use it myself!  Watch this YouTube video for a demonstration.  Guardian Lock is available online.

5.) Temporary Tattoos

We love these colorful and fun temporary tattoos, especially for vacations or even a quick outing in your local community. Each kit contains six Lost and Found Autism Temporary Tattoos, one Tattoos With A Purpose Marker, six Moisture Towelettes (for applying) and six On-The-Go Alcohol Wipes (for removing).  These tattoos last for several days.  They can be purchased online here, or through NAA’s Little Shop of Hope for $9.00.


For additional resources and information on wandering prevention strategies, please visit our AWAARE website.

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Disclaimer:  NAA is not affiliated with the manufacturers of these products.  The above is posted for informational purposes only.  NAA offers no guarantee and accepts no liability on product performance.