help of ABA and speech therapy, our son Billy has gradually
become more verbal over the past eleven years. He’s not quite conversational, mind you, but he can
understand what is being said to him and is able to communicate his needs. And
he can answer basic questions like “What’s your name?” and “What is your phone
This was not the case when we first traveled to Walt Disney World in 2003. At the age of
five, he was practically non-verbal. So you can imagine how worried I was about
the possibility of him getting separated from us in a busy theme park. Even if
he did manage to find a Cast Member
(we repeatedly showed the kids pictures of what their name tags looked like), he
wouldn’t be able to answer any of their questions.
The most obvious
intervention -- one used by many parents of young and mobile children -- is to
sew labels into the children’s clothing. Well, that wouldn’t work with Billy
because of his hypersensitivity – he couldn’t tolerate the feel of the labels
in his clothes. They seemed almost painful for him. Ditto any type of ID bracelet or “dog” tag.
came up with the perfect solution. He ordered Billy a Road ID that could be
worn on one of his sneakers. (It was just like the one he himself wore when
running.) All of Billy’s emergency contact information could be placed on the
Shoe ID and it would not touch his skin at all!
tolerated the shoe ID so well that when we returned home we just left it on his
sneaker. It attaches with Velcro, so it can be easily transferred to another
pair of shoes if needed.
Check out the Road ID website and see if this would work for your non-verbal child! And keep practicing with your verbal kids to make sure that they can communicate their name and phone number in the event they ever become lost.
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