Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury & Tourette Syndrome

Friday, April 19, 2024
9:30 AM - 4:00 PM


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Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury & Tourette Syndrome

Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury & Tourette Syndrome

Recognition and Response For Law Enforcement/First Responders and Mental Health Professionals

Register to join us for this informative training.

Friday, April 19, 2024 ~ 9:30a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Paramus Life Safety Complex
1 Carlough Drive, 2nd Floor, Paramus

The actions or non-responsiveness of people with Autism, Traumatic Brain Injury and Tourette Syndrome are almost always misinterpreted by untrained individuals. Inappropriate social responses and non-contextual emotional outbursts, commonly seen in people with these disorders, can cause confusion at best and spark conflict in worst case scenarios. The inability to follow complex or even simple directions during an emergency or crisis situation can lead to serious injury or worse. Without training and awareness of these conditions, tragic consequences often ensue when effected individuals come in contact with law enforcement. However, these contacts can often be easily resolved when the officers and professionals involved have the information, they need to navigate what can be a complex situation.

Autism - Learning objectives include:
* Make law enforcement officers (LEO) and other professionals aware of the condition of autism, its symptoms, and the characteristics commonly seen in individuals who are affected.
* Provide information to enhance better recognition of a person with autism and response methods for officers in field situations.
* Identify public safety risks for people who have autism, predictable contacts and 911 dispatches.
* Explain the problems that a higher functioning person with autism may have in criminal justice situations.
* Provide LEO with behavioral de-escalation techniques and restraint and arrest options.
* Provide methods for law enforcement agencies to proactively work with individuals with autism, their families, and advocacy organizations and apply tolerance and public relations skills when doing so.

Traumatic Brain Injury - Learning objectives include:
* Define brain injury and the different levels of severity
* Discuss prevalence and causes of brain injury
* Identify changes that can occur after brain injury
* Review strategies for professionals interacting with brain injury survivors

Tourette Syndrome (TS) - Learning objectives include:
* Understanding the symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment of TS and associated disorders such as OCD, ADHD, learning disabilities, anxiety, mood disorders, and depression
* Recognition of the ways TS and associated disorders affect academic performance and peer social interactions
* A wide range of strategies and accommodations for the student with TS and associated disorders that can have a positive impact on their academic success

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Intellectual and Developmental Needs

Last Updated: 02/16/24