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How to Approach Individuals with Autism

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This information sheet from ASERT provides tips and suggestions for justice system professionals on approaching individuals with autism.

How to approach someone with autism:

  • Slowly and cautiously
  • Give verbal warnings
  • Keep your voice quiet and calm
  • If possible do not put your hands on the individual
  • Ask if they understand what you are saying
  • Ask to repeat back what you said

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This information was developed by the Autism Services, Education, Resources, and Training Collaborative (ASERT). For more information, please contact ASERT at 877-231-4244 or info@PAautism.org. ASERT is funded by the Bureau of Supports for Autism and Special Populations, PA Department of Human Services.