Autism Training for First Responders
Your officers WILL meet Autism today.
Are they prepared?
Blue Bridge can help...
"Non-verbal" does not necessarily mean "unable to communicate". I will teach your officers insights and strategies to DE-ESCALATE crises, establish critical communication, earn cooperation, and gain compliance.
Autistic Individuals rarely just "wander". Even if they can't communicate it, there is always a goal, destination, or purpose to their behavior. I will teach your officers insights and strategies. to organize more effective searches.
Improve Community Relations
Often under-represented and isolated, Special Needs families are a vibrant part of our communities. I will teach your personnel insights and strategies to foster lasting positive relationships within this community.
I can make your officers better.
I am Captain (R) Gerald Turning.
- 25 years in Law Enforcement
- 22 years in K9
- Internal Affairs Commander
- Patrol Division Commander
- Training Coordinator
- 18 years as a Special Needs Dad
More About Me
Thousands of First Responders and Search & Rescue Personnel Trained
What They Are Saying
"Tremendous and informative"
Chief of Police, Connecticut
"I learned so much that I wish I knew years ago."
CERT & OEM, Connecticut
"Hands down the best training I've attended."
Senior Director of Campus Security, Pennsylvania
"Excellent course. Really comes from the heart."
"Your presentation was excellent."
Police Sergeant, Connecticut
"Can't say enough about Jerry Turning as an instructor."
"Should be required training."
Your Officers Will Learn
During their 3-hour training session
To identify individuals on the Autism Spectrum
Strategies to gain cooperation and compliance without force
Tactics to manage sensory challenges
Empathy for challenges facing autistic individuals and their families
Strategies to overcome communication challenges
Realistic DE-ESCALATION techiniques
Search tactics to exponentially increase success and SAVE LIVES
Tactics to navigate the most CRITICAL calls for service
Format Flexibility to Meet Your Agency's Needs
I created this program with the demands and challenges of running a large agency in mind.
- Schedule a single or multiple-session LIVE training event for your agency, or...
- Assign your personnel to my ON-DEMAND online training course designed to be viewed on any device in brief, easily digestible segments to accommodate the unpredictable demands of a First Responder's schedule. Or...
- Design a hybrid program combining a LIVE event with ONLINE access to members unable to attend.
Assistive Communication Tool
Trauma, stress, and anxiety can significantly impact an individual's ability to communicate.
This downloadable tool (.pdf) will assist your officers in gathering CRITICAL information during an emergency response.
The First 30 Seconds
The first seconds of a call for service involving a missing autistic individual are CRITICAL. Information that is gathered early and communicated efficiently means the difference between LIFE and DEATH.
This downloadable tool (.pdf) will coach your officers on what to CRITICAL information to gather and communicate first.Purchase Physical Copies
4 Search Turbocharge Questions
Autistic individuals rarely just "WANDER". Even if they can't communicate it, there is always a goal, destination, or purpose to their behavior.
This downloadable tool (.pdf) will provide basic and simple questions to begin their search relying on REASON, not LUCK.Purchase Physical Copies
Special Needs Profile for First Responders
A printable (.pdf) profile to distribute to your residents for recording VITAL information about an individual with special needs in case of an EMERGENCY.
This profile goes beyond the basic identifying features of the individual to include Sensory Challenges, LIkes and Dislikes, and Possible Behavioral Triggers.
Parents and Caregivers,
Could your local officers use a little more training? Submit this simple form and let us know.
We will directly and respectfully contact your Police Department with the following message:
"A member of your community has requested that we contact you to discuss Autism Training for your officers."
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