One of the best parts of working for a technology company is how our PocketFinder Personal and Vehicle Locators continue to help so many different communities across the country and spreading around the world. From families with teen drivers to moms with special needs children, technology in the last decade has played a massive role in enhancing the communication, coordination and connectivity between our loved ones.
PocketFinder reached out to Lorrie Servati, author of Nathan’s Voice, to be a guest blogger for Autism Awareness Month. We connected through Our Mom Spot, a parenting community, when they featured her earlier in April with her “Autism How-To Guide for Parents”. This connection brought about great collaboration!
On April 18th Our Mom Spot and PocketFinder hosted a Twitter party where we discussed many topics around Autism and the family, under the hashtag #AutismAwareness. It was a great success as we listened to the encouraging comments by others around the triumphs and concerns that occur when a family member has Autism.
The Twitter party actively engaged people from across the country, in all three time zones! I love when technology is able to connect us even when we cannot meet face to face!
After connecting with Lorrie, she shared more details about her and her son Nathan, as she is an active voice within the Autism community.
Lorrie’s youngest son, Nathan, was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) four years ago. This motivated her to become an advocate for autism and eventually all special needs children that she came in contact with while volunteering at the elementary school. She started Nathan’s Voice, a blog about her family’s experiences before, during, and since Nathan was diagnosed.
Blogging has helped Lorrie organize their experiences and record the wonderful progress their son has made since being diagnosed with autism. Nathan’s Voice was created to bring understanding, awareness and acceptance of autism to everyone who takes the time to read about their experiences.
We collaborated on the vision of her guest post. And Lorrie thought it would be powerful to write about her family’s personal experience with a PocketFinder, as well as highlight some main concerns parents should remember around the subject of wandering.
Without any further introduction, meet Lorrie and her son Nathan.
Lorrie Servati, Nathan’s Voice
Wandering is not a subject to be taken lightly, by any means. It happens much more often than just the particular instances we might hear about through the media, facebook, or twitter. Children and adults with the autism spectrum disorder are twice as likely to wander off. Below are two topics that need to be remembered when you have a family member with Autism.
- Wanders are drawn to Water and Moving Objects:
Danger is constantly lurking around the corner, just waiting for victims. Many children with autism are particularly drawn to water and moving objects which are ultimately hazardous to them. Teaching him or her to swim and setting rules that they can understand will protect them. It is also important to talk with them about using safety precautions when being around motorized vehicles.
- Wandering increases in new unfamiliar environments:
Clearly, it is impossible to guarantee that an unforeseen distraction won’t provide the opportunity to an over stimulated child or adult on the autism spectrum to wander off without notice. Wandering in children and adults with autism tends to increase in new, unfamiliar or unsecured environments such as visiting a friend’s or relative’s home. A child or adult with autism may be trying to escape something that is agitating him or her. It is not realistic to assume that the child or adult with autism will be safe, even with everyone keeping an eye on them.
There are two main points to remember in the prevention of wandering. It is very important to get to know your neighbors in your area and those around family or friends whom you visit regularly. This will prove useful in locating your child if he or she wanders off. Human connection is certainly the best and the most preferable way to keep your family member safe. However, after using the PocketFinder with my own son, I can see many families wanting to utilize this advanced technology to protect their family member and ultimately gain greater peace of mind by doing so.
Visit Lorrie’s blog, Nathan’s Voice, to check out a wide variety of posts on Autism.
We will be posting a follow up blog on Lorrie and Nathans PocketFinder Experience. Check back soon for PocketFinder Autism Awareness Part 2