Classes

Who can benefit from my classes?

Law Enforcement

Probation

Fire Departments

Parent Groups relating to safety issues for individuals with disabilities

*Classes can be tailored to 2 hour, 4 hour or 8 hour options

Class Options

Responding to Autism: A First Responder Approach

This program has been designed to provide students with basic understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorders and strategies for interactions with individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Over the years the number of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) has risen drastically, resulting in increased contacts with law enforcement. This training will show students how inappropriate responses by individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, such as lack of communication skills, aggressive behavior, and obsessive-compulsive behaviors can be reconciled. This can be done by identifying procedures that a law enforcement officer should/ may employ when interacting with an individual with a disability, and identify the procedures a law enforcement officer should follow to ensure the safety and cooperation of a person with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Topics:

  • Explanation of Autism

  • Characteristics of Autism

  • Strategies for Interaction

  • De-escalation Strategies

  • Wandering Issues

  • Communication Strategies (verbal and non-verbal)

  • Interviewing Victims / Offenders

  • Use of Force Considerations

  • Law Enforcement Programs

911 Telecommunicators

In most emergency situations, 911 telecommunicators play a key role in figuring out the type of emergency that is occurring. It is extremely important for these professionals to understand Autism and the types of behaviors that individuals with autism might display in emergency situations. With this training, 911 telecommunicators will be able to provide the best and most effective response to ensure the safety of people with Autism by:

  • Recognizing the caller may have Autism by their tone of voice or particular phrases 

  • Strategies for obtaining information from the caller

  • Questions to ask a parent or caregiver during an emergency situation

  • Understanding wandering events

  • Programs to assist first responders

Parenting in Today's World

Learn about parenting in today's world for children with special needs. Safety issues including: engaging first responders, safety plans, bullying-related issues, and social media concerns. We offer resources that can assist with discussing abuse related issues and strategies to create safety plans for children and young adults with special needs. 

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