Mar 17, 2012 -- 10:46 amFrom the OARACLE:
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) training for law enforcement, fire-rescue, and emergency medical first responders first came on the scene in the mid-1990s, a period when the autism community began reporting the beginning of a dramatic rise in ASD diagnoses. In 2012, ASD training for first responders and training tools -- videos, curriculum and live training -- have also seen tremendous growth in North America and globally.
Beyond the rise in diagnoses, why do first responders need this training? Here are a few reasons:
1) To become familiar with and safely respond to predictable field contacts involving persons with autism, enhance communications, manage the sensory environment, and de-escalate behavioral outbursts when they’re called to interact with persons with ASD.
To read the entire article. please click: http://www.researchautism.org/resources/newsletters/2011/February2012.asp
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