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How to Approach Individuals with Autism


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

Cartoon rendering of one man holding out his hand to another man.

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.