New children’s book enlightens readers on elopement issues in kids with developmental conditions

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. — Author Debra Sweeting announces the nationwide release of her new children’s book, “The Lost Children.”

Imagine your child running away, crossing several lanes of traffic without regard to their safety and inability to verbalize their name, telephone number, parents’ contact information, where they live, or even where they are going.

“The Lost Children” is an eye-opening book about children with autism, Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities who have elopement or wandering issues. It is a fact that many children with autism have elopement issues, which means that they attempt to wander away or take off from safe areas in the presence of their caregivers without regard to their safety. This is extremely dangerous and puts an enormous amount of stress on parents of these children.

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at, or by visiting or

Sweeting, who is also the author of “Inclusion Island,” is an experienced marketing executive with a master’s degree in business administration, bachelor’s degree in business management and a dual degree in marketing. Most of all, she is the proud parent of a beautiful little girl with Down syndrome and autism, having completed behavioral intervention in autism graduate studies. With that being said, Sweeting has learned how to put a fun twist on parenting with purpose. She aims to publish books with positive messages that teach children character-building values of understanding, acceptance and inclusion of those who appear different from themselves. Sweeting enjoys gardening, cooking, playing and reading with her daughter.

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