I typically post on the Dec 2011 moms board but I found myself looking HERE for some advice.
A family recently moved into our cul-de-sac. The mother is single and has several children.
One evening I pulled into my garage (it was dark, just me and my 1 year old, and my husband was not home yet) ... I checked my phone and heard a knock on my car window that startled me, when I opened the door I saw a boy (8ish) step back and stand there, I said hello to him and asked if he needed my help. He turned around and walked away and right into another neighbors garage following their car in exactly as he had followed mine.
I spoke with that neighbor about it and she mentioned to me that the boy was part of the family that moved in and that he had Autism. She mentioned that a couple of other neighbors told her recently that this boy walks into their houses (via front door) often. She said she was going to speak with the mom about the child's safety. After her discussion, she said the mom was really understanding and told her that her son has an aide that looks after him when she is away.
This week (really the last 3 or 4 days) he has walked into our house 3 times. Opens the front door, peeks his head in, and walks in. He is non-verbal every time. I usually just guide him out back to his house.
I need to have a discussion with his mom and I dont know what to say - I am concerned for his safety and the liability that comes with him walking into garages and homes where people do not know him. I have never seen the aide his mom said she has for him. I want to be understanding but I also want to be respected as do the other neighbors. I work with children daily but not in this capacity, so I am at a bit of a loss.
Can anyone offer advice for my discussion with his mom? From what I know from the other neighbor she has this child, three girls, and her oldest son has Aspergers.