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Here’s Why Your Special Child Needs a GPS Tracker This Summer

Child with autism enjoying summer

A post by AngelSense, a GPS & voice monitoring solution designed for children with special needs.

Learn more about how AngelSense’s GPS tracking device brings peace of mind to parents and keeps children safe

For many special needs families, summer doesn’t have the same ring to it as it does for other families. With disrupted routines and new sensory experiences,  summer vacation is particularly challenging for children with special needs. As a parent, you can do your best to help your special child adjust, but safety remains the top concern for many.

Autistic child enjoying summer

It’s estimated that children account for 40% of the visits to emergency rooms every summer. While this makes summer stressful for all parents, it’s particularly stressful for special needs parents. In addition to the usual worries like swallowing small toys and drinking toxic substances, for special needs children, wandering poses an additional threat.

A few days ago, an 8 year old boy with autism wandered from his school in Lynnwood, WA only to be found walking in the middle of a busy road. Thankfully this didn’t end in tragedy and the boy has since been reunited with his family. But the terrifying thing is that his school didn’t realize he was missing until notified by firefighters. Nobody knows how long the boy was gone, but police records show it was 21 minutes between the initial 911 call and the time the boy was brought back to school. Incidents like this are a sad reminder that the dangers of wandering cannot be ignored especially during summer vacation and times of transition.

Why is the summer so challenging for special needs families?

All parents crave peace of mind during the summer. And yet for parents with children who have a tendency to wander, summer is often a stressful time as the dangers of wandering are too real to ignore. After all, it’s estimated that in 2011 alone accidental drowning accounted for 91% of the deaths reported in special needs children 14 and younger.

Autistic children are more likely to wander during summer

Additionally, children with special needs thrive on routine and structure. They find the predictability of knowing what they’re going to be doing each day comforting. In fact sometimes special children will have a mild tantrum as a way of coping with a disrupted routine. Summer vacation is the complete antithesis of this. It’s all about change, disruption and unpredictability. This is highly unsettling for children with special needs, and can be stressful for parents too.

The main reasons that summer is so challenging for special needs families:

  • Changes in routine are unsettling, making it difficult for children to adjust

  • Summer means more time outdoors and away from comfort zones which means there’s more chance a child could wander

  • Children may spend more time with friends which makes it difficult to keep an eye on them

  • With the rise in summer temperatures, special needs children are more likely to be drawn to water putting them at risk of drowning

While the best way to help a special child adjust to the disruption is to prepare them ahead of time, this isn’t always possible. You simply can’t prepare for every eventuality and it’s impossible to watch a child’s every move, and that’s where GPS trackers come in.

GPS trackers keep special kids safe

How can a GPS tracker keep your child safe this summer?

While summer preparation may  help your child better adjust to the changes associated with summer, they won’t keep your child safe or protect them from the dangers of wandering if they do happen to wander off. A GPS tracker, like AngelSense, is guaranteed to keep your child safe and give you peace of mind. Both you and your child will have the enjoyable summer you deserve.

The main benefits of using AngelSense GPS during summer time:

  • See a clear map view of where your child is at all times: Ensure your child is safe while having fun outdoors!

  • Get reliable child exit alerts and live 10-second updates: Help your child stay away from the dangers of water!

  • See your child’s routes & locations during the whole day in a simple diary format: Help them adjust to a new summer schedule!

  • Listen-in to your child’s environment at any time: Have peace of mind knowing your child is safe!

  • Enjoy automatic geofencing of your child’s locations: Benefit from the most advanced yet simple GPS tracking!

You and your special child deserve a stress-free summer. It may not be tantrum-free, but with a GPS tracking device like AngelSense at least you can rest assured that your special child is safe & secure while having fun. Happy summer vacation from the AngelSense team!

AngelSense is committed to creating a safer world for children with special needs while bringing peace of mind to their parents. With AngelSense parents can track their child’s location and well-being at all times and keep them safe. Non-removable GPS wearing, listen-in, real-time location updates & more. Try AngelSense today & Save 70% – July 4th SALE!

AngelSense is committed to creating a safer world for those with special needs and providing peace of mind to their families.

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  1. Judy June 27, 2016 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    What is the size of the wearable device?

  2. Kelli garrison June 28, 2016 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Hi my name is Kelly and I have an eight-year-old son who has autism, my sons name is Juan and we have had several incidents with him in the last few years, can you has wandered three times and has also falling out of a second story window. We have lived in our apartment since one was born but now in a Nother month we have to move and I know this will be a big adjustment for Juan. I also am having financial difficulty so if there is anyway that you could suggest how I could go about getting the GPS tracking system it would be greatly appreciated.

  3. Susan E. Kerch July 5, 2016 at 9:04 pm - Reply

    Great idea! 🙂

  4. monika kangas July 12, 2016 at 9:59 am - Reply

    My son Steven has always been wandering off on us. Now at 24 it is still a major problem Steven has Autism (PDD). Other devices people told me about my son could take off , and doesn’t like the feeling of necklaces or wrist bands. It takes seconds for Steven to disappear. I can’t take him to the beach or any crowded events. If this works, it is a blessing. I AM TIRED OF LIVING IN FEAR!!!

  5. Maria May 19, 2017 at 10:50 pm - Reply

    Is the gps waterproof??

    • Sidra @ AngelSense May 22, 2017 at 2:03 pm - Reply

      Hi Maria, We will have a waterproof case for the gps device by this summer!

  6. Desiree June 19, 2017 at 6:26 am - Reply

    we own one & it’s awesome BUT still needs to be waterproof.

    • Sidra @ AngelSense June 21, 2017 at 9:21 am - Reply

      Hi Desiree, Our waterproof cover is going to be available at the end of this month! We will send a notification to all our users once it’s added to the app store.
      Kind regards,
      Sidra Collins

  7. Mazie Barthe June 29, 2017 at 7:08 pm - Reply


  8. Emily June 30, 2017 at 9:53 am - Reply

    Is thid placed inside the child or is it a necklace bracelet kind of thing?

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