In the suburbs of Lansing, Michigan, the search is ongoing for a two-year-old boy on the autism spectrum who wandered away from his family home on Monday. The police are appealing to local residents to pay attention to “trees and other tall structures” because the child likes to climb.
The disappearance of the boy, whose name has not been made public, was reported on Monday, October 9, in the afternoon. As the Michigan State Police reported in an entry on the X platform (formerly Twitter), the two-year-old was last seen near his home in Watertown Township, located on the outskirts of Lansing. The Lansing State Journal reports that photos obtained by local authorities show the boy wandered “at least eight hundred yards” from the home.
Portal USA Today emphasizes that state police incorrectly reported in their posts that the boy was five years old. The website, citing information from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office, where the child went missing, states that the missing person is a two-year-old. The USA Today article also states that the child is on the autism spectrum and does not speak.
State police said the boy was wearing pants described as “gray and blue” and a blue sweatshirt on the day he disappeared. A photo of the child was attached to the entry. “We asked the local community to keep their eyes open when moving around their neighborhood. Perhaps someone will spot this boy,” the entry emphasized.
USA News quotes another fragment of the local sheriff’s office’s announcement. “As reported to us, the missing boy likes to climb. He could have hid in a tree or a tall structure,” we read in the article.
Autism – symptoms, treatment
Autism usually manifests itself before the age of three. As we read on the website of the Office of the Government Plenipotentiary for Disabled Persons, “it is a neurodevelopmental disorder. Its causes are not yet sufficiently known. It is believed that the symptoms of autism are caused by abnormal development of brain functioning in early childhood. They may be influenced by, among others, “genetic and infectious factors, abnormalities in metabolic processes, disorders of pregnancy and childbirth.”
The office emphasizes that early diagnosis and quick initiation of therapy can improve the functioning of an autistic person “to an extent similar or equivalent to cure.” “According to current estimates, this may apply to 10-15 percent of children receiving early and intensive therapy. However, in most people, disability due to autism remains for the rest of their lives. In some people, as a result of therapy, the symptoms of autism become discreet and weakened,” the Office informs. Government Plenipotentiary for Disabled Persons.
USA Today, X/Michigan State Police, niepelnosprawni.gov.pl
Main photo source: twitter.com/MSPFirstDist