Police receive autism training

The trainers shared some great tips on dealing with autistic people in emergencies at this session in New Jersey. Turn off the lights and sirens to avoid sensory overload, for example.

Emergency situations can be precarious for anyone involved.

But imagine dealing with someone who doesn’t respond to their name or doesn’t respond at all. There is a chance he or she is a person with autism. This is an added challenge for emergency responders and professionals who have to answer these types of calls everyday.

SNAP, a non-profit out of Morristown, offers trainings to heighten students’ awareness of autistic and special needs children.

This was the first SNAP training of its kind. The group came to the Short Hills Mall on Oct. 11 to train township police and first responders on how to adapt to emergency calls involving people with autism

via Police, squad members receive autism training – NorthJersey.com.

SafetyNet available in Marshfield, Mass., to find people with autism, Alzheimer’s who wander

Marshfield —With training having been completed June 22, the Marshfield Police Department has officially added Safety Net to its public safety arsenal.

The program, which has been implemented by police and fire departments nationwide, will provide Marshfield officials the tools they need to swiftly track down and rescue those who have wandered from their caregivers.

“People who want to sign up can go online with Safety Net or come here,” said veteran Marshfield police officer Ralph Poland, who on a recent afternoon behind the police station learned first-hand — along with several other officers and firefighters — how to use the advanced tracking equipment.

Poland, who is helping to implement the program, said police and fire officials know that it only takes a moment for a resident with Alzheimer’s disease, autism or any other condition that may predispose them to do so to wander off or disappear. In North America alone, according to Safety Net figures, more than 5.8 million people have Alzheimer’s disease, and the majority may have a tendency to wander.

via Police, fire officers complete SafetyNet training – Marshfield, MA – Marshfield Mariner.

Fire safety book for children with autism

The National Fire Protection Association has a new fire safety book for children with autism. It has been reviewed by autism educators and encourages parents to develop a fire safety plan with their autistic kids. Here’s a report from KOTV:

QUINCY, MASS – A new, interactive fire safety book has been designed to help children with autism spectrum disorder respond appropriately to the sound of a smoke alarm.

“I Know My Fire Safety Plan,” produced by The National Fire Protection Association NFPA, can also be helpful to children with other developmental disabilities, according to Lisa Braxton of the NFPA public education project.

“Autism is the fastest growing developmental disability. It is important that we reach children on the autism spectrum and encourage parents and caregivers to use this new NFPA educational tool to help children understand what they should do to escape safely when they hear the smoke alarm sound,” Braxton said.

The book uses easy-to-follow steps in a story format, acknowledging the apprehension children with autism may feel at the sound of a smoke alarm or presence of fire trucks and firefighters.

via Fire Safety Book Designed For Kids With Autism – NewsOn6.com – Tulsa, OK – News, Weather, Video and Sports – KOTV.com |.

Emergency help for dementia sufferers

Paramedics in southwestern England are getting new information on identifying and dealing with patients with dementia.

Ambulance paramedics are changing the way they work to help those suffering from dementia.

Great Western Ambulance Service (GWAS) is working with the Department of Health to provide better care for people with the memory loss condition.

The partnership has led to a new strategy to help paramedics diagnose and treat sufferers.

via The Weston Mercury – Emergency help for dementia sufferers.