During this training session, specifically designed for EMS personnel, ASET will:

  • Describe Autism Spectrum Disorders in detail, with a special emphasis on those characteristics and challenges unique to this population, which can create emergency medical and rescue situations, requiring prompt and effective response;
  • Explain sensory, processing, social and communication issues that make interacting with persons on the Autism Spectrum challenging during emergency calls for service;
  • Discuss the dangers of elopement/wandering, and other safety scenarios where a prompt and effective response may be life-saving;
  • Provide techniques for preventing, recognizing and properly responding to crisis situations and meltdowns;
  • Provide specific guidance for EMS¬†personnel for conducting patient assessment on scene, and for responding to fire calls, personal injury accidents and other potential calls for service, including calls involving police;
  • Explain the importance of registering persons with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the local 911 system prior to an emergency, and provide a road map for creating a registration program in your jurisdiction, as well as EMS education programs specifically designed for this population

Please contact us to schedule this training which is approved by the Maine Criminal Justice Academy and endorsed by the Autism Society of Maine.  Continuing Education Credits can be given.