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“The Runner” Autistic Wandering Dangers and Prevention

Approximately half of all children with autism spectrum disorder attempt to elope from a safe environment. This is nearly four times the rate of their unaffected siblings. The term wandering or eloping as pertaining to people with autism means that someone with special needs has an urge to suddenly and impulsively leave an environment. There are two ways people with autism will elope. + Walking Away: The person will just start to walk away unexpectedly. + Bolting/running away: For the caregiver this often feels like it came out of nowhere. The person will be doing an activity or standing still and will start to take off running. Based on scientific studies and research, (links in the sources below) here is...

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Top 8 Netflix Movies Sequels to Add to Your Mobile Device For People With Special Needs

Having your child's favorite shows and movies on a tablet in can make a huge difference in helping them keep calm and stay close to you during emergency situations and other chaotic events that can cause anxiety for your child such as moving to a new home, power outages, travelling and more. For children and adults with special needs who thrive on structure and routines, having familiar movies can be a welcome escape. This is especially true for emergency situations which alter the landscape such as a house fire, hurricane, earthquake and other natural disasters. Having new and familiar movies to watch can give them a feeling of normalcy to hold on to. We counted down our top 8 favorite children's...

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Preventative Measures with Service Dogs and Fireworks

By the time a dog's sense of hearing has fully developed they can hear 4 times the distance as well as pick up on higher pitch sounds than a human with normal hearing. This is one of the many traits that make dogs such amazing service and guide animals. That same heightened sense of hearing can create incredible anxiety in a service dog to the point where one exposure to fireworks, even if the dog is at home, can cause sound shyness which forces the dog to have to retire early and no longer work as a service dog. This is heartbreaking since the service dog owner loses the independence they’ve gained. Animal shelters generally have to prepare in advance...

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Top 10 Netflix Movies to Add to Your Mobile Device For People With Special Needs

  Having your child's favorite shows and movies on a tablet in can make a huge difference in helping them keep calm and stay close to you during emergency situations and other chaotic events that can cause anxiety for your child such as moving to a new home, power outages, travelling and more. For those with special needs who thrive on structure and routines, having familiar movies can be a welcome escape. This is especially true for emergency situations which alter the landscape such as a house fire, hurricane, earthquake and other natural disasters. Having new and familiar movies to watch can give them a feeling of normalcy to hold on to. We counted down our top 10 favorite children's...

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Positive Triggers

If you haven’t seen our SNEP introductory video about how Special Needs Emergency Preparedness got started, I highly recommend checking it out. You would have heard the story Joshua shares about visiting a family with a mother, a daughter and an adult autistic son.  The family rented the upstairs of a house not knowing that the downstairs was being rented by the criminal element. During his visit with the family there was a police raid at the house and the police ordered everyone out. The autistic man seeing police in their full gear with chaos happening all around him had a meltdown and started shouting back at the police all kinds of profanities which only made the situation more hostile....

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Symptoms of Dehydration in Seniors

A concern at SNEP Special Needs Emergency Preparedness, is dehydration. In seniors it can be unseen until it gets to be a serious medical problem, especially in an emergency situation where stress is heightened. In order to understand what the symptoms of dehydration are and how to treat them, we must first understand what it is. According to the Mayo Clinic, Dehydration occurs when you use or lose more fluid than you take in, and your body doesn't have enough water and other fluids to carry out its normal functions. Without those fluids being replaced, you will get dehydrated. The idea to drink the normal amount of water you need in a day to remain hydrated sounds very simplistic at...

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