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 54 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.

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?
Section One: Recognize

Law Enforcement will acquire the knowledge, skills, and strategies necessary to effectively understand, identify and recognize Autism in children, teens and adults. 

How to Recognize and Approach

1.1 How to Recognize and Approach an Individual with Autism

1.2 Approaching an Adult with Autism


Section Two: Respond

Discuss potential strategies for law enforcement officers to use when responding to situations that involve individuals with Autism.

2.1 Response to Mistaken Mannerisms

2.2 Response to Mistaken Mannerisms – Parent’s View

2.3 How to Respond to Elopement

2.4 How to Respond to a Missing Child

2.5 When a Parent of a Child with Autism is Pulled Over

2.6 How to Respond to an Auto Accident

2.7 How to Respond to Domestic Violence

2.8 How to Respond to an Individual with Gun or Weapon

2.9 How to Respond to a Suicide Situation

2.10 Police Officer Communication

2.11 Parents of Children with Autism


In addition to the training, each attendee will receive their Autism Certificate.






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 70 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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