What is eloping? When we’re in therapy talking about eloping, it’s when the child runs. They run away from the task, they run away from the situation, or even run out of the building. There can be a variety of reasons for elopement - we dive into these reasons PLUS specific strategies for each potential reason, including: sensory strategies to help calm the nervous system, building rapport and providing positive reinforcement, using visuals, and more!
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When a child elopes, they are attempting to evade a task or situation by swiftly departing from their immediate surroundings. Some children may flee out of fear of consequences, while others seek adventure or simply yearn to explore their environment.
However, it is important for parents not to always view elopement as disobedience or rebellion, as this can be worrisome. In fact, there are legitimate reasons why children may choose to elope, and it is crucial for adults to understand these motivations in order to effectively prevent and address this behavior.
Children may elope for a variety of reasons, including:
Before effectively addressing and resolving the issues that lead a child to run away, it is crucial to understand the underlying reasons behind their actions. To accomplish this, consider the following approaches:
In addition to preventive measures, it is also important to have strategies in place for dealing with elopement if and when it occurs:
Parents play a crucial role in nurturing their children and guiding them towards healthier ways to cope with stress and challenges. Additionally, educating teachers and caregivers about elopement and its prevention contributes to ensuring children's safety.
Remember, every child is unique and may require tailored strategies to manage elopement behavior effectively. It is important to remain patient and persistent in finding what works best for your child. Therefore, parents should take a proactive approach in addressing this behavior and seek appropriate resources or professional assistance if necessary.
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