Lost and Found – DIY ID Bracelet

Our biggest fear is that someday Noah will wander away from us and we will not be able to find him.  I’m sure I have more separation anxiety than Noah does, but in any case, it’s a fear that we really need to address, because it is quite possible that someday it will happen.  People with Down syndrome (and I’ve heard autism too) seem to have a habit of wandering, and although we have had success with training him to stay close, there are times when he has gotten away from us for brief periods of time.

There are products on the market that address this via GPS and other tracking devices, but the thought of paying monthly for something we hope to never need is not too attractive.  The devices that start beeping when the child is more than a certain number of feet away isn’t practical, because we are surrounded by property where we live, so there’s no way to know in which direction he is heading (although I guess next door where the horses and the best neighbors in the world are would be a good guess).

Last year I thought of making a beaded ID bracelet for him with my telephone number on it, but alas I could not find number beads anywhere.  I saw a pin (http://pinterest.com/pin/234961305529395448/) of this kind of bracelet last week, so now I had proof the beads existed, but I just didn’t know where.  That’s where Hobby Lobby comes in.  Yay Hobby Lobby.  I found my number beads there on Saturday and set to work making this bracelet.

Noah loved it!!!!

For about five minutes.

Sigh.

So now to either train him to tolerate it (too much energy) or come up with an alternative.  I’m thinking I could clip it to the belt loops of the back of his shorts – he’ll never know it’s there.

And I plan on making these for my toddlers.

An interesting side note.  I realized today my six youngest children probably don’t know their phone number.

Gasp.  I know what you’re thinking.  Those darn homeschoolers – poor kids.

One of the scariest things about homeschooling is realizing there are going to be gaps, gaps where your children miss being educated on some subject or topic that they really ought to cover.

As a more experienced homeschooler, now I know that all children have gaps in their learning, public schooled, private schooled, homeschooled.  Fortunately, because I am the teacher in this homeschool, I can usually choose which things fall into the gap category and which things are way too important to miss, like Bible, manners, character, Constitutional law.  I just didn’t mean for phone numbers to fall into that gap.  It’s just my children are never anywhere where they need to call me (except the 17-year-old who seems to have known her phone number from birth :)).  Whenever they are away from me, they’re always with another adult, and if they need to call me, the other adult is always the one who dials, and they already know my number.

Anyway, I aim to bridge that gap this week.  Everybody has to know their phone number by Friday.  Gosh, with everything programmed into my phone these days, I hope I remember it.

Blessings and prayers for a good week, y’all!

Alyson

One thought on “Lost and Found – DIY ID Bracelet”

  1. I feel your pain with this issue. Kids with disabilities seem to be lacking in security features, and unfortunately, adults/siblings have to compensate for this. It’s hard because it makes you worry, becomes a liability issue, and adds even more strain to an already-burdened level of responsibility.

    In his younger years, my son (DS/autistic spectrum) would often wander off. Heck, he’d find ways to climb over fences if he could! We had to switch from regular deadbolts to ones you key in from both sides to keep him from sneaking out of the house. He can’t remember a phone number or address (which have changed over the years anyway), and he wouldn’t wear an ID bracelet or necklace. When we first moved here, he got away from me before my hubby could install new locks – got into our neighbor’s garage and stole a vacuum cleaner! Try introducing yourself to a new neighbor that way – oh, hello, this is my son, the kleptomanic…would you like your vacuum cleaner back? 🙂

    Fortunately, he’s gotten a lot better with age. He’s still impulsive, but he seems to have a level of maturity that keeps him from bolting like a deer the way he used to. We’ll probably always need a fenced in backyard, and obviously those eyes in the backs of our heads won’t be retiring anytime soon. But in my experience, it does get better…or at least more manageable, lol!!

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