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Police Officers and other 1st Responders encounter people with physical, emotional and/or cognitive disabilities, like autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in the daily execution of their service. This specialized training provides officers, EMT’s and fire safety personnel tools and resources to effectively manage potentially difficult situations with these citizens.

​During this training, officers will learn and understand the common characteristics and behaviors often displayed by those with developmental disabilities and/or Autism Spectrum Disorders. Included throughout the day principles, tactics and techniques that will help 1st Responders deal with those with ASD, mental retardation, Down syndrome, history of brain injuries, emotional disorders, situational anxiety, or those experiencing psychological or physical trauma.

The course will review:

Socialization difficulties and people with ASD including their often not understanding appropriate or safe responses
Dealing with someone exhibiting difficulty with expressive and receptive language and interpreting non-verbal cues
Being familiar with repetitive behaviors, self-stimulatory movements, organizing behaviors common with ASD
Recognizing and responding to communication challenges, such as lack of eye contact, unusual tone of voice, disassociated speech – seemingly meaningless answers, delayed responses, and unusual balance or gait
The Autism Directive Cycle (ADC) aka the Crisis Directive Cycle (CDC)
Officer Presence and nonverbal communication to those with cognitive developmental delays
Officer Safety
Medical Precautions
Techniques for responding to people with ASD and other intellectual and developmental disabilities

“People with developmental disabilities are at least 7 times more likely to attract the attention of the police, because their unique communication styles and social characteristics may frighten or disturb some people” (Curry K, Posluszny M., Kraska S, 1993). People with ASD and other developmental disorders are also more likely to be victimized than other people (Mansell, Sobsey, Wigosh, & Zawallich, 1997).

By learning and using appropriate strategies, 1st responders can effectively manage situations dealing with children and adults with challenging behaviors due to neurological, psychological, and physical disabilities.

Register and make payment by following this link: https://zs3axjs8hv.timetap.com
Or call 631-675-2231