Johns Hopkins All Children's Autism Program

Law Enforcement Officer Training in Autism Spectrum Disorder

The goal of this training, provided by the Autism Program at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, is to increase knowledge and awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) for Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs). Participants will learn about behaviors commonly associated with ASD and how to respond in a proactive and positive manner to calls they may receive involving individuals with ASD.

Interactive Presentation

Participants will receive a half-day training in specific strategies to facilitate de-escalation in crisis situations when responding to calls involving individuals with autism. This training will increase officers’ competence and confidence when interacting with individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Additionally, participants will learn about resources available within the community to facilitate access to services for families affected by ASD.

Simulation Training

This afternoon session is first come, first serve.
Participants will have an opportunity to learn through role play scenarios utilizing the skills taught throughout the morning session.

Event Dates and Times:

  • May 10, 2019
  • July 26, 2019
  • September 20, 2019
  • November 8, 2019

Interactive Presentation: 8:30 a.m.-noon. Light refreshments provided.

Simulation Training: noon to 5 p.m. Lunch will be provided.


Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
Outpatient Care Center
601 5th Street South
St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

Free parking is available in the Johns Hopkins All Children's Education and Conference Center


If you or individuals from your department are interested in attending a training session, please email We will provide you with a link to register your team members.

This event is free. Participants will receive a certificate of attendance upon completion of this training.

Training Resources

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Contact Information 

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This program is generously funded by Cigna Foundation.