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TRAVELERS REST, SC (WSPA) – Children with autism are four times more likely to wander off, but a new canine search and rescue initiative in the Upstate could help law enforcement officers find missing autistic children faster.

Springbrook Autism Behavioral Health Partners in Travelers Rest teamed up with the South Carolina Search and Rescue Dog Association (SCSARDA) to host K-9 training for children with autism.

For several years, the organizations have held mock searches to give kids a chance to interact with highly trained dogs and the dogs a chance to modify their skills in order to keep the kids calm, just like they would in a real life missing child search.

Handlers tell 7News the dogs are able to track the kids through their scent.