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Published: Thursday, May 1 2014 9:20 a.m. MDT

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Kinderly
Riverdale, MD

So glad he was found! I'm curious about what he was doing all that time. Did he sleep in the yard? Just out of curiosity, I did a google map from the park to the address where he was found. The distance is about 5 miles. What was he thinking that led him to walk those 5 miles?

I will be having a talk with my children about what to do if they're lost; it has been a while since we covered it and I'm not sure they would know what to do.

Julie gluten free mother
SALT LAKE CITY, UT

Kinderly, The boy has autism, his thought process is his own. I doubt if he had any thought process as to where he was headed, especially since he didn't know the area. He just walked.
It probably wouldn't do him any good for his parents to tell him what to do when he is lost.

MIMom
Mt Pleasant, MI

Thank goodness he was found. A relief to his family and I'd like to think for him as well.

Before people start making any kind of assumptions about this young man please remember that when you have seen one person with autism you have seen one person. Each individual is different. Please do not assume the kid is not intelligent and incapable of learning how to survive if lost from others. Please do not assume that he has no thought process and was mindlessly wandering away. Unless you know this child and his executive functioning and individual challenges with the autism then you really have no business speculating or making blanket statements. In fact its really none of our business anyway. A child was lost, he was thankfully found. Making assumptions about this child would be like me making a blanket generalization that everyone in Utah is Mormon. Prayers for the family and gratitude for the dog and woman who found him.

David Mohr
Victoria/BC/Canada, 00

I can understand how the parents would have felt as I have an autistic child. He is rated high functioning and in fact is presently in the Air Force as a Supply Tech. Autism at the higher levels means that their brain works differently than ours - not that he is incapable of proper thought. The biggest problem is that they get caught up in something and lose time and surroundings perception. They don't mean to do something wrong, life just passes them by while they are caught up in what has their attention. It was always a bit of problem when my son would zone out on us but we coped. He is now married and has a child. From what I can tell, he is a fine dad and husband - at least that is what his wife tells us - lol. And yes you can talk to them about what to do when lost, just do it a few times and keep it simple because that is the right way to tell anyone about survival techniques. Many adults don't know what to do.

Kinderly
Riverdale, MD

Julie gluten free mother,
Of course he had a thought process and of course it was his own. I know many children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and you can assume very little about him; all ASD kids are different. Many, many could learn what to do when they are lost. I meant no disrespect...I just like to get windows into the minds of kids. Kids' minds are interesting. I don't expect to get that window for this story. And yes, the most important thing is that he's safe. Thank goodness!

canyonhawk83
Springville, UT

There's a chance it never occurred to him that he was "lost."

Mom of 8
Hyrum, UT

I have a son just like this boy. He, too, not knowing where he is wouldn't have spoken to anyone, even if they were calling out his name. And he, too, would have been happy to go home to play Xbox!
Glad to hear he's fine, and that a blind dog was so helpful.

Kendy831
Salt Lake City, UT

I am so grateful that Steven has been reunited safely with his family. Prayers are heard and answered.

MrsH
Altamont, UT

So glad he was found safe!
I love the line in the story, "She doesn't know she's blind..." I want to hug that dog!

Nan BW
ELder, CO

Kristin, the way the verb "to lie" is used is this: present tense, lie; past tense, lay, present perfect tense, have lain. In reference to the article, it should be, "The boy lay down in the grass."

smithmom
Clearfield, Utah

I am so happy that my son is home. Thank you to Whitney Evans and Pat Reavy for being able to put into words the events that we have gone through over the past few days. Thanks to all of the media for helping get the word out and helping in getting my son found !!

Nan BW
ELder, CO

It is a wonderful conclusion to the story that all is well. Best wishes to the family.

Mrs TAP
Bountiful, UT

I believe that Kristin only took the pictures that were shown, but, perhaps, the actual writers of the article will benefit from Nan's grammar lesson.

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