For Emergency Responders

Resources & Training Opportunities for Emergency Responders

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) face daily challenges. Being aware of ASD characteristics and using simple strategies can significantly improve your interactions and increase compliance. Explore resources below and scroll down for extra strategies!

Strategies to Practice:


  • Simple and concrete sentences
  • Visually presented instructions to cue expectations
  • Body to block harmful behaviors


  • Caregiver(s) about specific tips and/or considerations for the individual with ASD


  • Options when possible
  • Extra time for processing
  • Praise for appropriate actions


  • Physical contact if not needed
  • Reprimands of undesirable behaviors
  • Talking about individuals in their presence


  • Choices of how to complete the requested action
  • Extra time for processing

If you would like to refer a client to our services, please fill out this online form & select “Referring Provider” as your role, OR, download the PDF format and email to

National Resources

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: Autism and Wandering