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Old 02-01-2013, 01:47 AM   #1
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minimal verbal child at wdw /getting lost

Trying think best way that if my son gets separated .That a cm can see find out he is pretty much non verbal but can understand.but cant write either due to hi physical issue

Am planning a tag etc with name on .But wont have a phone that works in the USA
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Old 02-01-2013, 07:35 AM   #2
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Trying think best way that if my son gets separated .That a cm can see find out he is pretty much non verbal but can understand.but cant write either due to hi physical issue

Am planning a tag etc with name on .But wont have a phone that works in the USA
You can buy a throw away phone fairly cheap here in the states.........most big stores and convence stores have them for under $30.00.

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Old 02-01-2013, 07:38 AM   #3
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I was going to recomend the same thing. The one that I get my kids is called Tracphone. It cost me about $0 and it came with 60 minutes, but always check before you leave that it comes with minutes. Once you get to your room you can activate the phone. Also you put on the tag to take the child to GS and then if you get separated you will know where to look.
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Old 02-01-2013, 08:07 AM   #4
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I've heard a lot of people mention that they use temporary tattoos. Just keep in mind that CMs will not search the child for the information - if it isn't obvious and in plain sight, they won't find the note. That means not on the inside of his clothes (tag or pinned to the interior), not in his pockets, not in his shoe, etc. In the threads I've read about lost children, it sounds like the CMs are really amazing at picking up on a lost child very quickly and even locating the parents in short measure, usually before they have left the immediate area where separation occurred; I don't have personal experience with this though.

I just wanted to bring this up before you put a lot of time, effort or money into a "plan" that would end up not being adequate in the (unlikely) event you are separated. Your contact information has to be fairly plainly obvious or it won't even be seen or used.

I also wanted to add one thing we do is take a picture each morning - that shows exactly what the child looks like, what clothes are being worn that day, etc. Much better than trying to remember was it a blue shirt or red shirt? when lost in the stress of the moment.

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Old 02-01-2013, 08:22 AM   #5
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It would be better if you stated his age and his relative age. The suggestions will be more age appropriate.

I agree with the other poster. You can buy a cheap phone like tracfone and use it while you are here. Tracfone comes with ten minutes and you can buy extra minutes. Walmart and Best Buy sell these phones and other places do, too. You may get lucky and someone may help you with getting started with the phone. Maybe, you can get one where you live for the US and be ready before you arrive, here.

There are GPS devices that may help you find him if he gets lost. I believe you wear a bracelet on the arm and then you can locate the person somewhat by the GPS tracking. I would find one that is more secure; so, he can't take it off easily. This is a little expensive, but I would certainly do this if I was visiting somewhere foreign. They are used for example for adults who have Alzheimer. You can get started with this device back home; so, your son can get use to it.

I would have current pictures of him that you can give a CM in the worse case scenario. On the back of the pictures state his name, description of his abilities, your US cell phone number and so forth.

Anyway, if he's younger I would highly recommend a stroller with security built in; so, he can't go off. There are some larger strollers available for older children. If he's older, you may want to consider a restraint. A restraint can look nice with a stuff animal concept with it. They strap around the waist and you hold the other end. There called a child harness, here. You can use both the stroller and the harness, too. You can get a longer gait belt (used in physical therapy) and hold the lose end or hold him at his waist. I think the harness is the best idea; I think it would be better. If you have these harnesses back home, I would start using one when you go out in the public; so, your son can get use to it. There may be some resistance to this; so, you want to get him use to it ahead of time. I would visit a zoo or some other public area like a museum with him at home and practice all these techniques back home.

I'm not knowing how many are in your party, but I would try to surround him at all times if he's walking. Have someone in the front and back and on the left and right sides. If you can surround him that will keep him somewhat contained. In some ride queues, you may be only able to fit someone in the front and in the back of him. The ones on the sides should be holding his hand. I would practice at home if he's not use to holding hands. You don't want him to resist holding hands; so, get him use to it back home.

With the parks, I would use fastpass as much as you can. Learn about fastpass, if you are not familiar with it. There are companion restrooms where the whole family can fit. They are somewhat separated from the other public group restrooms, but they are in the same area. You may have to wait your turn longer using a companion restroom, but it's so much more secure. It's unisex; so, everyone can be together. I'm not quite sure if a GAC (guest assistance card) would help you or not. You can read and learn about them and then decide if this may suit your situation. You need to go to guest services at the park to get them. You just need to do this once for your complete stay; you do it at the first park you visit. You will need to be extra careful doing a parade or fireworks; the crowds are unbelievable. I would insist on holding hands, here; unless, he's in a secured stroller.

I think it's critical that you get into this before you come here and use all the aids available back home; so, you will be prepared. Children can be very resistant to new ideas.

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Old 02-01-2013, 10:34 AM   #6
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Hi there! Not sure how old your child is? My DS5, has Autism and is non-verbal. When we were at WDW the last time he was 4 and I ordered SafetyTat's (safetytat.com) for him-I put them on his forearm or his hand so that it could be easily seen without a CM or another adult having to give him the 'once over' since I had read on the DisBoards that CM's are not allowed to do that. We put on a new one every other day or each day depending if he had been swimming.

The version I purchased for him is below-and I had my cell phone# printed on them. I know that sometimes cell phone reception in the park is not fantastic-but it was the best I could do and something that worked for my son. Also, b/c he has no picture ID (really need to get a Passport made for him, even if he never travels out of the US-but that is another Forum/Thread), I figured if security found him they could match the phone# on his arm to my cell phone in case that was an issue since he can't tell them-'that's my Mom!' Also, my son won't wear a tag, a necklace, bracelet or let me write on his arm in Sharpie marker (all good suggestions-but they don't work for him), he likes the tatoos so that's why it was a good solution for him.



They worked really well, as far as ease of use-however, thankfully-we didn't have to put them to the test!

Just a thought if something like this would work for your child.

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Old 02-01-2013, 01:10 PM   #7
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We have done three things for my ASD son:

1) Disposable bracelets ordered online that you could write your contact information on, name, resort info, etc.

2) We "lojacked" him. I bought a child alarm. I had the transmitter and he had the receiver (shaped like a plastic teddy bear) that I put in the pocket of his cargo shorts each morning. If lost in a crowd, the parent can hit a button on the transmitter. The alarm on the kid sounds, allowing you to locate him fast. Works up to 20 feet. Thankfully, we never had to use it, but it gave me some peace of mind.

3) Since my son had a tendency to run away, didn't like to have his hand held or be carried, we visited guest services to get a GAC and a tag allowing us to use his stroller as a wheelchair. This kept him in place.

If he gets lost and is located by a CM, I believe they are taken to one specific location in the park (I think the child/baby care center?).
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Old 02-02-2013, 04:47 AM   #8
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How about a note pinned to the front or back of his shirt with a location where the CM could bring him? Something like son is non verbal please bring him to guest services and we will meet up there. That might work since you wont have a cell phone.
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We have done three things for my ASD son:

1) Disposable bracelets ordered online that you could write your contact information on, name, resort info, etc.

2) We "lojacked" him. I bought a child alarm. I had the transmitter and he had the receiver (shaped like a plastic teddy bear) that I put in the pocket of his cargo shorts each morning. If lost in a crowd, the parent can hit a button on the transmitter. The alarm on the kid sounds, allowing you to locate him fast. Works up to 20 feet. Thankfully, we never had to use it, but it gave me some peace of mind.

3) Since my son had a tendency to run away, didn't like to have his hand held or be carried, we visited guest services to get a GAC and a tag allowing us to use his stroller as a wheelchair. This kept him in place.

If he gets lost and is located by a CM, I believe they are taken to one specific location in the park (I think the child/baby care center?).
you are right.
There is one location they bring all lost kids to - if he is lost, any CM can tell you where to go to meet up.

There is more information about Guest Assistance Cards and using a stroller as a wheelchair in post 6 of the disABILITIES FAQs thread.

There was a company that rented GPS transmitters, but they no longer list them on their website.
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Old 02-02-2013, 11:04 AM   #10
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I can see this being a place where te new RFID wristbands could be very good (assuming he would leave it on). They could have contact information programmed into the computer system, so that when a CM scanned a lost kid's wristband they would have a phone to call.

I would strongly recommend getting a disposable phone. There are now many that can be had for free or close to free that offer 30-60 minutes of calling included.

Another option would be MetroPCS, they are a no contract prepaid provider. They usually offer at least one phone free or close to it an unlimited talk for a month for around $25, you can usually add unlimited international calling to many destinations for only a few dollars more. There are many locations near MCO, might even have one inside the airport.

Since the parks all now have free Wifi, another options is if you have a smartphone that can connect to Wifi, you could install Skype and get a Skype in phone number, then keep your phone with all cellular turned off, but wifi turned on and Skype running in the background. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this option, as the Wifi can be somewhat unreliable. But it could work in a pinch.
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I can see this being a place where te new RFID wristbands could be very good (assuming he would leave it on). They could have contact information programmed into the computer system, so that when a CM scanned a lost kid's wristband they would have a phone to call.

I would strongly recommend getting a disposable phone. There are now many that can be had for free or close to free that offer 30-60 minutes of calling included.

Another option would be MetroPCS, they are a no contract prepaid provider. They usually offer at least one phone free or close to it an unlimited talk for a month for around $25, you can usually add unlimited international calling to many destinations for only a few dollars more. There are many locations near MCO, might even have one inside the airport.

Since the parks all now have free Wifi, another options is if you have a smartphone that can connect to Wifi, you could install Skype and get a Skype in phone number, then keep your phone with all cellular turned off, but wifi turned on and Skype running in the background. I wouldn't necessarily recommend this option, as the Wifi can be somewhat unreliable. But it could work in a pinch.
That is the same thing I was talking to DH about regarding the magic bands. Would be nice if there a lock system when you put it on that way you could lock it onto a belt loop too. For kids with sensitivity to wearing it as a bracelet.
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That is the same thing I was talking to DH about regarding the magic bands. Would be nice if there a lock system when you put it on that way you could lock it onto a belt loop too. For kids with sensitivity to wearing it as a bracelet.
They say you will be able to customize them, maybe this is something that someone can come up with if Disney doesn't.
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I ordered custom dog tags off Ebay and had his medical condition and our cell numbers put on them. My son knows if he gets lost he is to show them to a cast member. I had them within a week and he thinks they are cool. I believe they were $9.00 each.
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Before we got Christian his medical alert necklace, we used write his name and our cell phone numbers on his arm with a sharpie marker. Christian doesn't much answer to his name, he is very low functioning and nonverbal. But he walks and will break away or wander off if someone isn't in constant touch with him.

I only got one weird comment about it. A lady suggested I have the info tattooed on his arm. Really, like at Auschwitz?um, no. Not tattooing my child!
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Before we got Christian his medical alert necklace, we used write his name and our cell phone numbers on his arm with a sharpie marker. Christian doesn't much answer to his name, he is very low functioning and nonverbal. But he walks and will break away or wander off if someone isn't in constant touch with him.

I only got one weird comment about it. A lady suggested I have the info tattooed on his arm. Really, like at Auschwitz?um, no. Not tattooing my child!
May be they meant safety tattoos that wash off a lot of parents use them. But not sure if that what the lady meant but it your child you so Shea work for you and the child.
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