minimal verbal child at wdw /getting lost

Discussion in 'disABILITIES!' started by wheels on fire, Feb 1, 2013.

  1. wheels on fire

    wheels on fire Mouseketeer

    Jan 17, 2013
    thank you

    no dont worry its ok lot people do presume non verbal children are Autistic

    And no you are not coming across as rude at all far from it .Found all posts very helpful and especially helping hear from A cast member point of view as if he gets lost you are going be my first point of call so means have some idea of what you need

    Yes Am hoping to make the handicap areas for shows and have to agree so far the help from Disney and the accommodations far outweigh anything in uk
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  3. SueM in MN

    SueM in MN combining the teacups with a roller coaster Moderator

    Aug 23, 1999
    I want to welcome you and let you know that suggestions are welcome here, as long as by are given in a well meaning manner.
    There are one posting guidelines found here:

    As long as you follow them, you will have no issues.

    If you have not looked at the disABILITIES FAQs thread, I suggest you check it out. It is as full of good information as I can make it. You can find that thread stuck near the top of this board or follow the link in my signature.

    Post 6 of that the disABILITIES FAQs is about Guest Assistance Cards and assistance that can be provided by Guest Relations in the parks.
  4. CKCruising

    CKCruising Mouseketeer

    Oct 30, 2008
    I think this is excellent advice for every parent. With camera phones (or digital cameras) now, take a picture of you child/children before you start every day. Even if you picked their clothes out in the morning, when it comes to a stressful situation like a missing child, it might not be easy to remember what they are wearing.
  5. lanejudy

    lanejudy Moderator Moderator

    Oct 27, 2011
    Since most zippers are on sweatshirts that are likely to be removed on a hot day - another suggestion is to put the dog tag on the shoe laces.

    Enjoy your vacation!
  6. dasan

    dasan Earning My Ears

    Feb 1, 2012
    What happens if you have a child that does not understand to go to a
    cast member for help? Are cast members trained to look for children that
    are by themselves?
  7. wilkeliza

    wilkeliza DIS Veteran

    Feb 1, 2013
    First off sorry I didn't respond sooner I'm still getting use to this board.

    Yes we are trained to look for list children. Some cast member may ignore it because the parks are so busy and it is hard for us to know who belongs to who but if we see a toddler by themselves and upset we are trained to make the list child call and try to get the kid to stay with us.

    For any child with the capacity of 3 or older the bat advice is to show them what our name badges look like and tell them these are the safe people. Disney is safe but we can't know for sure other guests aren't up to something funny. Even though they may not know to come up to us they will at least know we are safe and trustable when we approach them. The worst for us is a lost child who runs away because we can't physically stop them (i mean like bear hug stop them) unless the make it to the turnstiles or to a CM only section alone.

    Side not many CMs will break the rules if we see that the child is most likely special needs. We do use our best judgement and if we can't stop the child we will a least follow them and alert others of the situation.
  8. disney david

    disney david DIS Veteran

    Apr 7, 2010
    My suggestion is right when you enter show your kids the security cms uniform and ocso deputies inform. As a fail safe because I highly doubt your kid would make it to the entrance unless you was near when got separated. Because the odds a cm would find and help is very very high or another parent would alert a cm before he got to the front. I also highly doubt they wouldn't stop a young kid if he was by him self trying to exit.
  9. pls5286

    pls5286 DIS Veteran

    May 27, 2008
    My DSS is Autistic. We went to Wal-mart and in the pet-supply department you can custom make dog-tags for really cheap, like $2.00. I made him one that says my name is XXXX and I am Autistic. My dad's phone # is. My step-mom's phone # is, and my brother's phone # is. Please help me find them. We stress to him if he gets separated to go to a police officer or a store worker to show them his tag and they will find us. He wears it anytime we are out and about and in a very large crowd.

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