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Preliminary evidence for a training improving first responder knowledge and confidence to work with individuals with Autism

Preliminary evidence for a training improving first responder knowledge and confidence to work... The purpose of this paper is to investigate outcomes associated with a training designed to improve interactions between first responders and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).Design/methodology/approachAuthors examined the responses of a group of first responders (N = 224) who completed a survey before and after a training to assess their (a) knowledge of ASD, (b) confidence for working with individuals with ASD, (c) comfort responding to a call and (d) ratings of the training they received.FindingsFindings indicated first responders demonstrated more knowledge of ASD, increased confidence for working with individuals with ASD and improved comfort when responding to a call.Research limitations/implicationsThis preliminary report serves as initial evidence of the importance of rigorous work examining trainings designed to improve interactions between first responders and individuals with ASD.Practical implicationsThe results of this study justify continued rigorous research on the effectivness of ENACT, as a training designed to improve knowledge and comfort of first responders who work with individuals with ASD.Originality/valueThis study fills an identified need for research on trainings designed to educate first responders about ASD. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour Emerald Publishing

Preliminary evidence for a training improving first responder knowledge and confidence to work with individuals with Autism

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
2050-8824
DOI
10.1108/jidob-04-2020-0007
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Abstract

The purpose of this paper is to investigate outcomes associated with a training designed to improve interactions between first responders and individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).Design/methodology/approachAuthors examined the responses of a group of first responders (N = 224) who completed a survey before and after a training to assess their (a) knowledge of ASD, (b) confidence for working with individuals with ASD, (c) comfort responding to a call and (d) ratings of the training they received.FindingsFindings indicated first responders demonstrated more knowledge of ASD, increased confidence for working with individuals with ASD and improved comfort when responding to a call.Research limitations/implicationsThis preliminary report serves as initial evidence of the importance of rigorous work examining trainings designed to improve interactions between first responders and individuals with ASD.Practical implicationsThe results of this study justify continued rigorous research on the effectivness of ENACT, as a training designed to improve knowledge and comfort of first responders who work with individuals with ASD.Originality/valueThis study fills an identified need for research on trainings designed to educate first responders about ASD.

Journal

Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending BehaviourEmerald Publishing

Published: Nov 5, 2020

Keywords: Knowledge; Training; Autism; First responders; Law enforcement; Criminal justice system

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