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Collaborating with Families and Law Enforcement Agencies to Improve Outcomes for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Soares, Neelkamal MD*; White, Kathryn E. MA; Christensen, Robert T. BA; Christiansen, Audrey MD§; Apple, Roger PhD

Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics: December 2019 - Volume 40 - Issue 9 - p 659–668
doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000741
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ABSTRACT: Increased visibility of adverse encounters between individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and law enforcement (LE) has stimulated a dialog among providers. There are a variety of contributing factors to the increase, including the recognized lack of training of LE professionals on the needs of individuals with ASD and the paucity of awareness of resources by the families of these individuals. The aim of this article is to provide insight into developmental-behavioral pediatric professionals, to enhance safety and reduce adverse outcomes for individuals with ASD in schools and the community.

*Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI;

Division of Pediatric Psychology, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI;

Michigan Crisis Intervention System (MI-CIS), Department of Emergency Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, Kalamazoo, MI;

§Division of Developmental Medicine, Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Address for reprints: Neelkamal Soares, MD, Division of Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics, Department of Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine, Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine, 1000 Oakland Drive, Kalamazoo, MI 49008; e-mail: neelkamal.soares@med.wmich.edu.

Disclosure: The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Received October , 2018

Accepted August , 2019

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