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:

USE:

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

ASK:

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

GIVE:

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

AVOID:

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

ALLOW:

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

National Resources

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children: Autism and Wandering