Recognition & Evaluation of Autism Contact Training
R.E.A.C.T. will provide attendees with the tools necessary to increase safety for both First Responders and people with Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
- Providing tips for communicating with people with Autism or ASD
- Discussing best scene management techniques in regards to ASD and other disorders, especially involving people affected by Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD)
- Reviewing de-escalation techniques and why they are an important first option
- Introducing resources available to assist First Responders beyond this training session
At the conclusion of this training program, responders to accident, emergency, and other intervention scenes will be able to:
- Recognize individuals with ASD or sensory processing disorders by checking the response scene and evaluating the individual’s physical and behavioral cues.
- Determine an individual’s ability to communicate with the responder, with or without assistance from the caregiver.
- Apply established techniques to manage verbal and non-verbal behaviors in people with ASD or sensory processing disorders in order to elicit necessary information for working the response scene.
- Apply established techniques for protecting the physical safety, well-being, and privacy of a person with ASD or a sensory processing disorder during a response event.
- Assess behavioral cues to select and apply appropriate techniques when physical contact (i.e. touching or restraining) is required to care for an individual.
- Apply search and rescue procedures in the context of individuals who may lack appropriate fear or consideration for personal safety.
- Identify preventive measures to prevent wandering and other physical safety issues in people with ASD, and recommend these measures to caregivers.