Heidi - posted on 08/16/2010 ( 14 moms have responded )
My son is 10. He was diagnosed with Aspergers when he was 5. He also has ADD and OCD.
He is fully verbal, and seems to understand language well. He has been leaving the house through his bedroom window espically at night. One time he said that he wanted to go camping in the park. Another time he went and got tools from the back yard and came back and used them to take apart his bed. He always has a reason that he is leaving, but clearly it is not safe. He has done this several times, and my husband has put a board over the window, but every time that he is out in the back yard he tries to get it off or puts thing in the window on the other side of the board to get later. He has gotten the board off a couple of times, and we have put it back better, but I am afraid in the end he will out smart us. It is hard not to laugh when I wake him in the morning and find a bed full of his treasures ( hammer, screw driver,drill, nails, screws , bolts and a pile of other things that I couldn't even name). If he didn't use these things to take everything apart (to the point that they can not be fixed) I would let him have them.
Any tips on how to convince him to stay in the house, at least until he is 18.