3 min

Understanding Sensory Sensitivities is Crucial for Good Communication in Police Work The IAG Podcast

    • Mental Health

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.  

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.  

3 min