October 5, 2018
Free Workshop for People with Autism & Special Needs, Parents, Caregivers, Professionals, and Educators
Presenter: Dr. Nancy Musarra,
Clinical Psychologist & Author
A Look at Criminal Justice
and Legal Proceedings
Related to Autism and
This workshop provides an in-depth look at criminal justice and legal proceedings related to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Through case examples and group participation, attendees will learn specific tactics that can be helpful when encountering someone who is stimming, hallucinating, naked, hesitating or in crisis. Parents and health and law enforcement
professionals in attendance will gain a working knowledge of these disorders, enabling them to achieve the best outcome for everyone involved in a potentially volatile situation.
The sessions will illustrate the clinical features of autism and neurodevelopmental challenges with regard to behavior, social interactions, sensory triggers, and decision-making. Correlations will be made between the legal involvement an individual may experience as a witness, suspect or victim of a crime and the many misconceptions about this population that currently exist.
By becoming familiar with this population and learning practical communication strategies, those in attendance will be able to manage stressful situations before they escalate into a full-blown crisis. Just as each emergency differs from the next, so does the individual involved, especially with regard to autism spectrum and neurodevelopmental challenges. This is particularly important for police officers who encounter a multitude of individuals facing emergencies each day.
Friday, October 5th
9 a.m.to 3 p.m Questions to follow.
Herkimer College, 100 Reservior Road, Herkimer, NY
*You can buy Dr. Nancy’s book: The New Normal: 7 Things to Know as You Care
for & Love a Child with Special Needs online at our cost of $10 by visiting:
www.archerkimer.org/see upcoming events for link.
Free - Reservations required
Register by calling Janet LaRock
Work: (315) 574-7780 Fax: (315) 866-3996
Register at www.archerkimer.org
- see upcoming events for link.
This training is made possible by the Family
Support Services of the CNY DDRO Consumer Council