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Published on Sep 13, 2012
Autism Speaks Challenging Behaviors Tool Kit. Sometimes the difficulties of autism can lead to behaviors that are quite challenging to understand and address. The guiding principle used in developing this kit is that each individual with autism and their family should feel safe and supported, and live a healthy life filled with purpose, dignity, choices and happiness.
While the Tool Kit helps parents and family members learn how to recognize and diffuse challenging situations, there may be times when intervention by law enforcement is necessary to protect the individual and others around him/her. This 911 video explains how to best inform and handle the police if a call to 911 becomes necessary. There is much more information about handling a crisis moment in the Tool Kit.
Gary S. Mayerson, Founding Attorney, Mayerson and Associates, provides advice for parents and caregivers about calling 911 in an emergency involving a child with autism spectrum disorder.
Questions answered include: What should I tell the dispatcher? Are there specific terms or phrases that should be used to get help in a crisis situation? When the first responders arrive, what information should I give them?