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Jennifer Dantzler, director of the Including Kids Autism Center, joins the podcast to share how EMS can better care for and communicate with patients with autism
Panelists shared their expertise in working with exceptional patients and discussed strategies and procedures that aid in creating a successful interaction for all involved
Law enforcement, EMS and civic leaders joined forces to get a valuable communication app in the right hands
Gold Cross Paramedic Jeff Wilson used lessons learned with his son who is autistic to help others in EMS
Document in the ongoing special victims unit investigation alleges the teen with autism was given 10 milligrams of Versed to “shut him up”
AMR has also purchased supplies for Sensory Kits for each of its 14 ambulances, including ear protection, a doodle pad, a stress ball, fidget marble, fidget spinner and a pop-it device
Ben’s Blue Bags founder Matthew Kodicek said they are also useful for small children and anyone else who may struggle to communicate with first responders
For those with a related diagnosis, they may struggle with emergency sights and sounds or being touched, which can trigger anxiety and lead to outbursts that look like noncompliance
The Atlantic County Special Needs Registry seeks to ensure first responders can prepare to care appropriately for a person with special needs
Kasey Brislane, 13, says her heightened sense of hearing enabled her to notice her neighbor’s cries for help
Pro Med EMT Amber Horton, whose son has autism, developed the kits to help keep patients calm and help them communicate with crewmembers
A police detective was motivated to create the “Carter Kits” by his son, who is on the autism spectrum
Aiken County Emergency Services hosts a bi-annual Sensory Sensitive and Special Needs Touch-A-Truck Event for children and their families
Bags containing items such as noise reducing earmuffs, stress balls and fidget toys were added to three Ohio fire stations to help patients with autism stay calm
Many of the problems trace back to the lack of clear state rules for determining who is selected to provide emergency transport services and how they are vetted