Tip: Before You Leave Home Together …

Take a photo of your grandchild before you leave for an outing. If he gets lost or has a tendency to “elope,” the picture will be a valuable tool for law enforcement officers or others to identify him. Take pictures frequently with your phone and forward them to your grandchild’s parents to reassure them that you are safe and enjoying yourselves. This is also a great way to record your time together.

Make sure your grandchild is wearing identification. Attach it to the back of his shirt with a pin, clip it on shoelaces or write it on his arm with a marker. Include the child’s name, diagnosis and your cell number. Indicate what the child may need to keep him safe and calm until you are reunited. Be sure you have your own identification information to show police.