California officer uses paper and pencil to help autistic child find family
Stockton Police
A police officer in Stockton used a paper and pencil to help a missing child with non-verbal autism find their family.

via KTXL:

STOCKTON, Calif. (KTXL) -- A police officer in Stockton used a paper and pencil to help a missing child with non-verbal autism find his family Monday morning.

The Stockton Police Department said a community member notified the police department of a child near the downtown area who appeared “scared and confused.”

A downtown bicycle officer identified the child through a bus pass and learned the child had non-verbal autism. So to communicate with the child, the officer got down on his knees and handed the child a pencil and paper.

“Through this form of communication, the officer was able to locate a family member and the child was safely reunited with a relative,” the police department said.

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