Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other Developmental Disabilities often display challenging behaviors that may cause harm to themselves and/or others. Those working with these individuals have an ethical obligation to protect the safety of the individuals displaying the challenging behaviors and everyone in their environment. Safety should be protected in a dignified, scientifically-researched, and effective manner.

We will discuss and practice some effective crisis management techniques. It is important to work within a competency-based crisis management system, structured to ensure successful prevention and intervention with an emphasis on safety, dignity and effectiveness.