Thank you for another successful year!  We hope that you enjoyed yourself at the 2013 Western Regional Tapestry Conference!

Slippery Rock University will be issuing your CEU’s.  You should expect those in the mail over the next few weeks.  You will also receive a certificate for attending the conference via email from The Bair Foundation within the next 2 weeks.  

We look forward to seeing you again next year!
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Thursday, October 24 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Autistic Spectrum Disorder and How to Interview Individuals on the Spectrum FILLING
Limited Capacity seats available

Individuals with developmentally disabilities are 7 times more likely to come into contact with law enforcement than others.  Current statistics indicate an average of 1 in 88 children in the United States have an ASD diagnosis. Acknowledging the impact of autism, it is imperative Law enforcement, First Responders, Caseworkers, Probation Officers and Court Personnel are able to recognize individuals with this disorder. The training will provide an explanation of familiarization of the core symptoms of autism, the characteristics of autism including social, emotional, and behavioral symptoms.  The training will also include appropriate strategies for participants to learn how to interview individuals on the spectrum, and meet the special needs of ASD individuals. Whether it is a simple field interview or a more focused interrogation, dealing with persons with autism present unique challenges and considerations.

Training Objectives

To increase participants understanding and awareness of Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

To recognize and have a general understanding of common autism behaviors and characteristics.  Including:   

¨        Communication

¨        Social interaction

¨        Emotional

¨        Behavioral   

To assist participants in understanding the function of a individuals behaviour

To provide an overview of skills and strategies

Criminal Justice Issues

Dilemmas and tips in interviewing skills and interview settings

Behavioral de-escalation techniques

Public/community safety issues

The methodology for the workshop will include:  lecturing, power point, handouts, Resources for future assistance, and have an individual with Autism diagnosis speak to group and do questions and answers for participants.

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Amy Swigart M.S.D.A.P.A.

Trainer/Instructor for Commission, Butler County Juvenile Court Services and Juvenile Court Judges Commission of Pennsylvania
Amy Swigart is a  probation officer with Butler County Juvenile Court Services and contracts with several agencies as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant and Therapist. Amy is an instructor for the Juvenile Court Judges Commission of Pennsylvania and Author writing a guide book for... Read More →

Thursday October 24, 2013 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT
Room 321 - Slippery Rock University, Robert M. Smith Student Center 1 Morrow Way Slippery Rock, PA 16057

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