How to Approach Individuals with Autism
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
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.