When your autistic child bolts
June 2, 2015
Autistic children often impulsively wander away, drawn to potentially dangerous roads and water
Half of autistic children bolt, or run away, around age 4 — up to eight times as often as their unaffected siblings. Autistic children are often drawn to roadways or water, so they are particularly vulnerable when they wander off. Joie Chen speaks with one mother about the terrifying experience of her daughter’s bolting — and how it changed their family forever.