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Autism Training for First Responders

Your personnel WILL interact with someone on the Autism Spectrum today.

Are They Prepared?

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    Improve Communication 

    "Nonverbal" does not necessarily mean "Unable to Communicate". I will teach your personnel insights and strategies to establish critical communication.

    Reduce Complaints

    Autistic individuals and their families have the right to be understood, treated with dignity, and served with professionalism.  I will teach your personnel insights and strategies to avoid unintentional negative encounters.  


    Autistic individuals rarely just "WANDER". There is always a goal, destination, or purpose to their behavior. I will teach your personnel insights and strategies to organize more effective SEARCHES.

    Improve Community Relations

    Often under-represented and isolated, special needs families are a vital part of our communities. I will teach your personnel insights and strategies to foster lasting positive relationships within this community. 


    Captain Gerald Turning Jr.

    "Your Son is Autistic."

    On a cold January day in 2007, a doctor spoke three words to me that forever altered my life.  

    I had been a cop for 12 years and was a well-respected K9 Handler and Trainer. I had participated in several large scale searches for missing persons, and responded to dozens of calls for service involving autistic individuals.  Yet,


    I knew practically NOTHING about autism.  

    I began writing about my journey- my fears, concerns, failures- as an autism dad and started a blog titled:

    Bacon and Juiceboxes: Our Life With Autism

    My writing began to resonate with fellow special needs parents, and I began to grow a following of thousands around the world. Eventually, I shared that I was also a cop.

    I began to receive hundreds of messages from desperate families like mine, expressing concern that their special needs children would be misunderstood or mistreated by First Responders. I did my best to allay their fears, explain our job, and shout from the rooftops that...

    We are the Good Guys!

    It was clear that I was in a unique position as a member of two communities I love dearly.  

    I began training First Responders about families like mine, and I began teaching special needs families about First Responders. I have provided this training for over a decade and have trained hundreds of First Responders while working as a police officer and raising my family.  

    My son is approaching adulthood now, and my life's mission is as clear as it has ever been:

    Bridge the Gap...

    between these communities I love and educate the world about the extraordinary individuals among us...

    Like my son.  

    Captain Gerald Turning Jr.

    During their 2.5 hour training session

    To Identify Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

    Tactics to Manage Sensory Challenges

    Strategies to gain Cooperation and Compliance Without Force

    Empathy for Challenges Facing Autistic Individuals and Families

    Strategies to overcome Communication Challenges

    Realistic De-escalation Techniques

    Search Tactics to EXPONENTIALLY increase success and SAVE LIVES

    Tactics to Navigate the Most Critical Calls for Service

    Let's Train



    Let's Train


    Special Needs Profile for First Responders

    A printable profile to distribute to your residents to record VITAL information about an individual in case of EMERGENCY.

    This profile goes beyond the basic identifying features of the individual to include Sensory Challenges, Likes and Dislikes, and Possible Behavioral Triggers.  

  • 4 Questions to Turbocharge Your Autistic Missing Person Search

    Autistic individuals rarely just "WANDER". There is always a goal, destination, or purpose to their behavior- even if they can't communicate it.  

    This downloadable and shareable infographic will provide basic and simple questions to begin their search reying on REASON, not LUCK.

  • The First 30 Seconds

    The first seconds of a call for service involving a special needs individual are CRITICAL. Information that is gathered early and communicated efficiently mean the difference between LIFE and DEATH

    This downloadable and shareable infographic will coach your personnel on what CRITICAL information to attain and communicate first.

  • Hundreds of First Responders and Search and Rescue Personnel Trained


    On behalf of our entire department, I would like to thank you for your tremendous and informative training...

    I know this training has made our department better equipped to handle investigations involving autism. 

    John S.

    Chief of Police, Connecticut

    Hands down some of the best training I've attended.  Hit the mark on so many levels.

    This training should be a must for all first responders.  Thanks for all that you do Jerry.  Eric should be very proud of this dad.

    Rick G.

    Senior Director of Campus Security, Pennsylvania

    Your presentation was excellent.  As you know it's not always easy to keep officers interested in a presentation and you were able to.

    I would say that the length of the presentation was just right and your message and information were well conveyed.

    Ray Q.

    Police Sergeant, Connecticut

    Thanks so much, Jerry, for an outstanding presentation today.  It really hit home and I wish that we all had this awareness back in my day.  

    Today I learned so much that I wish I knew years ago. 

    Bob S.

    CERT & OEM, Connecticut



    On Demand Access

    Full online access for your ENTIRE AGENCY to be viewed at their own pace and schedule

  • Unlimited Number of Registrants 

  • Training Identical to LIVE

  • Complete Schedule Flexibility

  • Personnel Learn At Own Pace

  • Sworn and Civilian Staff Included

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    LIVE Online Training

    Schedule a personal LIVE training session for your ENTIRE AGENCY

    • Up to 150 LIVE Registrants per Session

    • Training is Identical to On Demand

    • Replay Access Available to Personnel Who Can't Particpate in LIVE Session

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