Identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder

Emergency Identification for ASD diagnoses

It is extremely important for first responders to know when they are dealing with a person who has been diagnosed with ASD.  This will assist them in the treatment decisions at the scene of an emergency.


Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) can look different in different people. It’s a developmental disability that affects the way people communicate, behave, or interact with others.

The autism spectrum is very wide. Some people might have very noticeable issues, others might not.

ASD is about 4 times more likely in boys than girls.  It affects children of all racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic groups.  ASD is a spectrum disorder, which means that every child with ASD has different skills, challenges, and needs.

There is no “cure” for ASD, but there are several interventions that can help.  Children with ASD can learn and succeed in the classroom and beyond. Like every child, with the help of their families, providers, doctors, specialists, and communities, kids with ASD can thrive.

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