Communicating Better With People With Autism

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When you work with individuals on the autism spectrum, how do you handle behaviors?
Oftentimes, people with autism have differences in social interaction and communication, as well as differences in cognitive functioning and processing sensory information. A person with ASD may have difficulty interpreting the meaning of facial expressions, for example, or she may be nonverbal. And when she doesn’t understand you, or doesn’t feel like you understand her, sometimes her behavior can reflect her feelings.
At the Otis R. Bowen Center for Human Services, Bil Easley and his coworkers have specialized tools for handling difficult situations. With verbal and nonverbal de-escalation skills and an awareness of how their behavior affects their clients’ behavior, staff are better able to help their clients cope with anxiety—and reduce problem behavior.  
As a Nonviolent Crisis Intervention® Certified Instructor, Bil teaches his coworkers CPI’s tools and techniques to help them provide more positive responses and reinforcement, making things safer and easier for themselves and safer and easier for the people in their care. Check out the video to learn more. Also get helpful hints for crisis intervention.
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