Bolting, also known as “elopement”, is when the child inappropriately leaves the immediate area and without having permission to do so. Teaching the child community safety rules and practicing how to ask for permission before leaving a parent’s side can reduce instances of bolting. Using game play is a fun way to teach the child how to “stop” and “wait” appropriately. Initial practice, and a lot of it, in safe environments is very important before trying out in the community, and adult supervision is a key component in treating bolting behaviors.
In this video, parents discuss their experiences and Amalie D. Holley, MS Board Certified Behavior Analyst and FirstPath Autism Program Manager offers suggestions for how to address bolting.