Autism Training for First Responders

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Your officers WILL meet Autism today.

Are they prepared? 

Let's Move Beyond "Awareness"

Improve Communication

"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.

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Save Lives

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.

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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.

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Autism:  A Guide for First Responders
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Upcoming LIVE Classes

Thousands of  Public Safety Professionals Trained Globally

Representing these fine organizations:

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
  • Author
  • Lecturer
  • 20¬†years as a Special Needs Dad


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Your Officers Will Learn

During their 4-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

"As a cop we take so many training classes.  I never thought a class on autism would be one of my favorites."

-Officer Marv Carter (2-11-23)

Flexible Training Options

I created this program with the demands and challenges of running a large agency in mind. 

  1. Schedule a single or multiple-session LIVE training event for your agency, or...
  2. 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...
  3. Design a hybrid program combining a LIVE event with ONLINE access to members unable to attend.


 Bonus Material

Each officer will receive:

The App

Designed to deliver CRITICAL tools, insights, and coaching to First Responders efficiently IN THE FIELD.

  • Autistic Missing Person Search Coach
  • Communication Tools
  • Search Tools
  • National Search & Rescue Directory
  • Instant Communication With Captain Turning
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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.

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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.

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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. 

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Common Autism Indicators

Identifying Autism is the most important step. 

Often autistic behaviors can mimic intoxication, drug impairment, evasiveness, or disrespect.

This downloadable tool (.pdf) will provide several Common Autism Indicators during interpersonal interactions.

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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.

Download FREE .pdf Version

Individual On-Demand Access


Instant on-demand access to full training program for ONE individual

  • Flexible Online Access
  • Organized into brief, digestible segments
  • Self-paced learning
  • Access from any device with internet access
  • Certificate of Completion Awarded
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Full Agency On-Demand Access


On-demand access for your ENTIRE AGENCY

  • Up to 150 Registrants (Contact us for additional seat pricing)
  • Content IDENTICAL to LIVE training sessions
  • Sworn and civilian staff included
  • Progress tracking and reporting
  • Complete schedule flexibility
  • Individually self-paced learning
  • Certificates of Completion Awarded
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Host a LIVE Training Event

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You will receive a detailed quote within 24 hours

  • LIVE in-person training (4-hour session)
  • Sworn and civilian staff included
  • Combined Regional events encouraged!
  • Public attendance welcome
  • Attendance is only limited by venue size
  • Second Daily Training Session Discount Available
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Get ready to uncover the secrets that will exponentially enhance your ability to connect with people on the autism spectrum. It's time to embrace this knowledge, move beyond "awareness," navigate these challenging interactions, and mitigate risks you might not even be aware of. Are you ready? Let's dive in and embark on this life-changing experience.

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Parents and Caregivers:

Donate Training to YOUR Police Officer(s)

  • Purchase one (or more) seats to my ON-DEMAND training course.
  • I will match (purchase 3 seats, I'll send 6)
  • I will contact YOUR local police department and provide the access links to the training on your behalf.  
  • Identify yourself or remain anonymous.
  • I will keep you up to date on progress and completion.
  • Am I banking on them being BLOWN AWAY by my training and enrolling additional officers?  You better believe it!
Train MY Officer(s)!

Special Needs ID Cards Now Available

Help your loved one communicate during an emergency.

  •  Professional Quality (76mm PVC)
  • Durable
  • Fully Customizable
  • QR Code Technology:  Add additional information such as:  
    • Sensory Needs
    • De-escalation Tips
    • Secondary Emergency Contact
    • Behavioral Triggers
    • Any other important information 
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Desperate Pursuits

He thought he’d done everything right. With his world falling apart, is his salvation the child he doesn’t understand? Greg Jackson believes he’s earned every good thing. A decorated cop in the K9 division, he excels at putting away the bad guys. But though he knows how to handle any problem on the streets, he’s completely undone at home when his son is diagnosed with autism. Relying on alcohol to manage the stress, he’s delighted to discover that the liquor fuels dreams wherein he can connect and have a normal relationship with his boy. But when the booze leads to a deadly mistake at work, Greg finds himself in a churning cauldron of social unrest ready to boil over. Can the embattled policeman survive a political firestorm and learn to appreciate what he has? Desperate Pursuits is a riveting family drama novel. If you like flawed heroes, heart-wrenching twists, and autism pride, then you’ll love Gerald Turning Jr’s inspiring tale. Buy Desperate Pursuits to chase acceptance today!

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