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First Responders

For Firefighters, Paramedics, EMTs, First Responders, and 911 Operators

This training session takes a hands-on approach to autism, enabling first responders to recognize and interact with children and adults on the autism spectrum that they may encounter in a variety of real-life situations.

Topics Covered:

  • Overview of autism and Asperger’s syndrome
  • Signs and symptoms
  • Interaction guidelines (including approach, de-escalation, communication, assessment, interviewing, and transport strategies)
  • Specific scenarios for first responders, fire, EMS, 911 operators, etc. (based on audience)
  • Search and rescue protocol
  • Community partnerships
  • Resources

Learner Objectives:

  • Recognize a person with an autism spectrum disorder
  • Anticipate and be prepared for challenges associated with this population
  • Increase interaction success
  • Understand field-specific scenarios and know how to handle them appropriately
  • Appreciate the need for, and implement, a modified search and rescue protocol for individuals with autism
  • Use increased awareness to develop community partnerships with schools and families

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