NM police, Autism team train together
Red Alert and Autism Training was designed to teach LE the physical signs, similarities and differences of children who live with such conditions
By CariSue Flores
The program — Red Alert and Autism Training — was designed to teach local law enforcement the physical signs, similarities and differences of children who live with such conditions and injuries in order to give officers a better view on how to interact with them and help if someone gets lost or is in trouble, according to Maria Izquierdo, the family coordinator for ARC. Along with hanging out with the children, officers also participated in training sessions that focused on communication and awareness.
"We want to make sure (police officers) know how the children communicate, their behaviors, how they may react to you," said Izquierdo. "Most of these children will not be able to talk, tell you their name or even who their parents are."
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