Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristic behaviors, challenges, and tips for successful interactions

Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders: Characteristic behaviors, challenges, and tips for successful interactions
Duration: 60 Minutes
Module 1 Resources
Recorded on: 2019-11-14
Unit 1 Slide Deck: Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Characteristic behaviors, challenges, and tips for successful interactions

The goal of this webinar is to familiarize professionals working in the justice system with the behavioral characteristics, common challenges, and most effective support strategies to use when dealing with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).  The webinar will be focused on providing information that can be applied immediately in practice while also suggesting ways to continue deeper into specific topics.

By the end of the webinar, you should be able to:

  • Identify the diagnostic criteria and prevalence of ASD
  • Recognize the characteristic behaviors of individuals with ASD, and how those behaviors manifest in common justice environments
  • Describe specific interactional and environmental steps you can take to improve the quality and success of interactions with individuals with ASD


This is the first of a 4 part series, including:


Audience Comments:

  • “I work in Adult Probation and know we will see more clients in the coming years with ASD. This training gave a fantastic outline on how to effectively communicate with clients with ASD.” — Allison
  • “Thank you, this topic is very interesting. I found the real-life scenarios and application suggestions very helpful and applicable.” — Angelica
  • “Dr. Dotson was an engaging speaker and I enjoyed this webinar very much.” — Dawn
  • “How to help children and adults on the spectrum feel more comfortable in stressful situations. I am involved in CPS and this helped me understand how a child with autism will express more stress than other children when involved in CPS. Great presentation with many real-life examples.” — Geri
  • “I liked the different strategies to recognize and then be able to deescalate the situation.” — Julie
  • “Dr. Dotson very compassionately and professionally bridged the gap between what law enforcement is charged to do and how ASD can be a barrier to that work. He provided common sense and easily-implemented tools to assist in communication and regulation. I appreciated it very much!” — Margaret
  • “I currently work with an individual who is autistic and this webinar gave me information on how I can interact with this individual to make the environment and experience more positive for both of us.” — Niki



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