Keeping Kids Safe at Home

Keeping Kids Safe at Home

Written By

Tiffany Compton

My neighbor is a wonderful mother of three. When she moved to our neighborhood a few years ago, she came over to let me know her son has autism and often tries to leave the house unsupervised. She wanted to get my contact information and make me aware of the situation. I told her I’d be happy to help if I ever saw her son wandering around the neighborhood.

At the time, I didn’t know smart home technology could benefit parents like her. Just think of what that technology could do for her family. It can alert her if a door is opened and even tell her which door. It will also send notifications to her smart phone, so no matter where she is she’ll know what’s going on at home.

I had no idea that roughly half the children with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) attempt to wander from a safe environment – a rate nearly four times higher than their unaffected siblings. Parents of children with autism often rate this as one of the most stressful behaviors.

Recently, Vivint installed a smart home system for a Georgia family of a 10-year-old boy with autism. The mother writes, “My husband and I make sure one of us always has eyes on him at all times – double checking all the doors and windows multiple times a day, running upstairs and down, inside and out. Thanks to the technology options provided by Vivint, some of our daily stress is reduced and our new house is transformed into a SAFER home for our family!” Read more on the Autism Speaks Blog.

I can’t wait to share this information with my neighbor and help give her some peace of mind.

To learn more about how Vivint Gives Back is helping families with autism, click here.