Autism-related wandering is topic of free workshop at KCMS

CHESTERTOWN — The county school system’s Family Support Resource Center is offering a free workshop on wandering by children with autism spectrum disorder.

“When They Wander or Run Away: Risk and Prevention Strategies” will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 in the Kent County Middle School media center.

The school is located at 402 E. Campus Ave., Chestertown.

Presenters will include the Family Support Resource Center, Pathfinders for Autism, and officers Laurie Reyes and Tara Bond from the Montgomery County Police Department’s Autism, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Alzheimer’s and Dementia Outreach Unit.

“When They Wander or Run Away” is a presentation about why children with autism spectrum disorder run or wander away from caregivers or secure locations. This is called “elopement.”

Presenters will provide preventive safety measures and what types of information will be most beneficial for police if a loved one does go missing.

Free dinner and childcare will be available at the middle school.

Pre-registration is preferred, but not required.

You can register with the Family Support Resource Center at 410-778-5708 or fsupport@kent.k12.md.us, or visit https://tinyurl.com/2p9r965w.

A virtual option will be available to those unable to attend in person.

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