Autism Sensitivity Training

for Law Enforcement & First Responders

Learn how to interact with individuals on the Autism Spectrum in community and emergency settings and reduce the possibility of misunderstanding or escalation when real situations arise.

In this 2-hour course, instructors from IBCCES will provide officers and first responders guidelines for interacting with individuals with ASD. The reported prevalence of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is nearly 1 in 68 school-age children, resulting in the likelihood that first responders will encounter someone with ASD during their career. These individuals are commonly the victims of criminal activities, may wander from home, or be mistaken as someone acting strangely in the community. The structure of this course will be a combination of in-seat learning and role-playing, with video scenarios and question and answer sessions.


  • Customized training options are available through online, in-person, or a facilitated live-streamed training with Certified Autism Specialists on-site.
  • Two-hour long training overviews vital information for officers and first responders with time for role-play scenarios.
  • In-person or live-streamed training can be delivered in blocks to allow all officers in every department to participate.
  • Online training is self-paced and can be taken at the trainee’s convenience.
  • Officers receive online certificates and digital badges to signify course completion and certification.

Officers will Learn the Following: 

  1. Introduction – What is ASD?
  2. Why is this training important?
  3. How do I recognize a person who may have ASD?
  4. How should I respond to be most successful with individuals with ASD?
  5. How can I best manage risk in situations involving individuals with ASD?
  6. Rehearsal: Practice
  7. Q&A




  • Communication Difficulties
  • Socially Awkward Behavior
  • Repetitive Behavior and/or Limited Interests

Information Gathering & Disclosures

  • Dispatch and Reporter Interview (e.g., witness interview)
  • Family/Caregiver/Service Provider (e.g., therapist, advocate)
  • Teacher

Interaction and Communication

  • Communication Limitations
  • Assistive Technologies/PECS
  • Officer Communication Strategies
  • De-escalation

Common Outcomes

  • Release or Turn-over to Parent/Guardian/Caretaker
  • Baker Act
  • Arrest

Common Calls for Service

  • Wandering/Elopement
  • Suspicious Person Call
  • Domestic Violence
  • Traffic Crashes
  • Traffic Stops

Local Resources and Role-Play Scenarios


In addition to the training, each attendee will receive their Autism Certificate with a wallet card, listing in the National Registry of Autism Certificants on the IBCCES website, and materials to keep for quick reference while working onsite in the field.

Learn more about the Autism Certificate.









Dr. Michael E. Kelley

Dr. Michael E. Kelley received his doctorate in School Psychology with an emphasis in Behavior Analysis from Louisiana State University in 2003. Dr. Kelley has held faculty positions at Marcus Institute at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, the University of Southern

Maine in Portland, ME, and The Munroe-Meyer Institute at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, NE. His research interests include assessment and intervention for severe behavioral disorders, pediatric feeding disorders, the symptoms of autism, and treatment relapse. Dr. Kelley has served on the Board
of Editors for the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) and the Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior (JEAB), and has served as Associate Editor for JABA. He has also served as a Co-Principal Investigator for several federally funded grants.

Justine Henry, BCBA

Justine Henry received her M.S. in Applied Behavior Analysis, Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne FL and B.A. in Psychology, Utah State University, Logan UT. Justine helped create the law enforcement training curriculum and supplemental videos

with a strong interest in law enforcement training in the autism field. Her areas of interest include verbal behavior, efficiency of early intervention services, and behavior reduction. In addition to training, she has nine years of experience working with children with autism and other related disabilities in home, center, and school-based settings.


The International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES) was established in 2001 to meet the training and credentialing needs of professionals who work with individuals with special needs. IBCCES has since expanded into over 42 different countries with training centers in the United States and Singapore and members all across the globe. Our Certified Autism Specialist, Board Certified Cognitive Specialist, Certified Autism Travel Professional and Certified Autism Center credentials were established with the highest standards in the industry. As a result, our programs have become the benchmark for those who work with cognitive disorders around the globe. In addition, IBCCES created and hosts the annual International Symposium on Cognitive Research & Disorders.  This global event brings together top neurologists, education leaders and healthcare experts with a focus on research, innovation and collaboration. For information about training and certification, visit ibcces.org.


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