Today Spencer was fitted with a Project Lifesaver transmitter bracelet. This bracelet can help aid in finding a person who could easily be lost or disorientated. It is mainly, at this time, being used for autistic children and Alzheimer's patients. The bracelet has a transmitter that links up with the Sheriff's Department's special remotes and is used to track a lost person. Spencer is very unpredictable when it comes to his understanding of boundaries and has no sense of his own safety when outside. When with me, he will usually wait at a doorway and hold out his hand for me to take before going any further. I have insisted he do this since the moment he first walked out of the house on his own two feet. He does not do this however at school or daycare or if you leave a doorway unattended. He will take off on his own happily and quickly. This is a parent's worst nightmare and after much thought, I decided this bracelet needed to be a part of Spencer's life. It is bulky and seems to shout, "Hey, look, my kid is different!" but that certainly outweighs the fact that Spencer's life could be at risk in the future.
A deputy sheriff came to the house to explain the transmitter to us and put it on Spencer. She is in charge of this for our county and they could not have picked a better person. A new mother herself, she is devoted and has many ideas that will only make this program more successful. She had a wonderful idea of taking pictures of herself with Spencer and of her vehicle she would be driving if looking for Spencer so he might consider her someone he knows and come to her if called. What a wonderful idea! I will be printing these out and putting them on the refrigerator so Spencer becomes familiar with them. He will also be seeing her every 30 days for battery replacement.
Here we are trying to keep Spencer still so Sara can put on the bracelet. She looks friendly but can kick some major butt with all that hardware on her belt. I listened to everything she said so she didn't need to demonstrate her skills! LOL!
As soon as she finishing putting the bracelet on, Spencer turned to me and with whines and cries, requested I take this strange object off his leg.
Here is a close-up of the bracelet. I am putting his sock over it to keep it from moving and reminding Spencer it is there. So far, so good.
Spencer and Sara. Spencer warmed to her right away. I did too in fact. John knows her from work, so I think she was comfortable with us also.