Interaction Advisory Group's podcast will help you understand what mental health is and know a little bit more about certain conditions under the mental health umbrella. The IAG Podcast will dive into police interactions with individuals with autism, developmental disabilities as well as other mental health conditions. Through interviews with professionals and self advocates plus our commentary, this podcast aims to help people understand the complexities of mental health and developmental disability interactions plus emergency preparedness.
Importance of Community Safety Training
It's important to be on the same page with first responders when it comes to an emergency event and someone with a developmental disability. Misunderstanding can lead to mistakes which we want to avoid! email@example.com
Understanding Sensory Sensitivities is Crucial for Good Communication in Police Work
Understanding the sensory sensitivities that come along with many developmental disabilities such as autism is very important. Communication is critical in police work and safe interactions with the public. We understand from many of the self-advocates we work with and through many hours of practical research, all five senses can be "firing" off at one time for an autistic person making it extremely difficult to focus and understand certain communication from police during high stress calls.
This video aims to help police officers understand what it may be like for an autistic person when this occurs. It is important to note, not all cases of autism are the same, so sensory sensitivities may not be the same for each individual.
It is important to know this, adjust your communication style, and ensure the individual is understanding of what you, as the officer, want them to do. Training combined with empathy is paramount.
Mental Health and Students - What You Need To Know
School Psychologist, Ameet Bosmia, joins the IAG Podcast to discuss mental health and students. 50%-70% of bullying cases go unreported by the student. Bosmia gives his advice to parents who suspect their child is being bullied and signs to look for in depression.
If you are having suicidal thoughts please call:
National Suicide Hotline - 1-800-273-8255
Suicide Prevention Website: www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Students with Disabilities and Bullying
Students with autism spectrum disorder are statistically more likely to be bullied. We cover three basic things that we think are important.
Check out this study that looks at positive school environment leading to less bullying for seventh graders:
Link to help Stop Bullying:
Interview with Project Lifesaver Founder, Chief Gene Saunders
Tracking technology can be one of the best tools in helping locate a loved one who has wandered. In this episode, the founder of the tracking tech Project Lifesaver talks to us about the technology and how it works.
We suggest visiting their website and seeing if Project Lifesaver is a good option for your situation.
*this is not a product endorsement*
Raising Autism - A Parents Perspective
Dustin talks with parent/advocate, Stacey Givens(Athens,AL). Stacey shares about her son Brooks and their journey. She also shares advice for new parents beginning an autism journey with their loved one.