For any parent, the fear of their child becoming lost or disappearing out of sight in a crowd is their worst nightmare.
However, for parents of children who are prone to wander or ‘bolt’ from a location, this nightmare can be a daily reality.
GPS TRACKERS FOR AUTISM
Nearly half of children with autism will engage in wandering behaviour. There are now more reports than ever of children with autism that have wandered from a safe environment- putting themselves in the direct line of harm and injury. It’s so important to acknowledge that autism related wandering is not a sign of poor parenting (it’s often proven a child with autism will embark in wandering activity, whereas their siblings without autism will not wander).
Wandering can be triggered by something as simple as idle curiosity or as a result of over stimulation, leading to discomfort.
Whatever the individual reason is, many children with autism tend to head towards areas of danger such as open water.
Some children are more prone to wander or ‘bolt’ than others, however as all parents know, anything can happen at any single moment.
Kids trackers have advanced so much in recent years, and have not only developed in accuracy but also in the user experience for both the child and parent.
Based on parent requests and feedback, Trackershop now provide a range of GPS trackers for autistic kids that cater to all methods of use. From watches to trackers that can be concealed in clothing, we have listed just a few recommendations below:
THE LIBERTY GPS WATCH
The Liberty is the newest and best GPS watch for kids on the market. Combining 3 safety devices in one; with live GPS tracking, 2 way calling and an SOS alert, you can monitor and control your child’s GPS watch from the app on your phone.
The GPS accuracy is fantastic and you can also set up safety zones to send you alerts if your child leaves/enters any specific location. Your child can also press the covert button, which will automatically call you if they are in trouble or lost.
You can enter as many as 10 different ‘Guardian’ numbers, to ensure that there is always someone available to respond to an SOS alert.
Another positive is that the Liberty Watch has a 48 hour fully rechargeable battery between charges, which is excellent for a GPS watch of this size and capabilities.
The GPS watch is suitable for all ages and most importantly, kids love wearing them- they were an extremely popular choice during Christmas time as presents! They are also subtle in the fact that it is not immediately obvious that the watch has a GPS function. This can be important for children who are self conscious of their condition.
If you’re looking to start introducing technology in to your children’s lives then the Liberty Watch is a perfect starting point, due to its ease of use and one button technology.
THE PROPOD 4 GPS TRACKER
THE SOS PERSONAL GPS TRACKER
The SOS Personal Tracker is another kids GPS device that offers 2 way calling, GPS location and an SOS alarm.
Using this device couldn’t be easier! To get a location report you simply text your kids tracker from your mobile- and you will then receive a map link showing its exact location.
You can call your kid’s tracker and speak to them through the device any time. And it also features a stealth ‘one way call’ feature, that allows you to listen in to what’s happening around your child.
The SOS Personal GPS Tracker hoop fitting means it can be attached to any keyring, as well as belts, bags and luggage. You can also mount it on a lanyard to be worn around the neck.