We offer individual and group trainings to corporations, first responders, parent groups, school districts and certification programs. Our mission is to provide effective education in autism identification, safety and communication tactics. Our strategies help clients assess and reduce their liability risk as they improve client/customer relationships. With the rates of autism increasing every year, the number of high-profile incidents involving this population is on the rise. We tailor our trainings to each client’s unique needs and environment. Specialized training is crucial to maximizing the chances of a positive outcome in all encounters.
We help our clients minimize risk through effective strategies
for communication and accident prevention.
Kate Movius began training first responders in 2011 as Project Manager for Autism Speaks. She is a frequent television spokesperson about special needs issues and has appeared on Katie with Katie Couric to discuss the challenges facing parents of autistic children. Kate taught health advocacy classes for over a decade to families in East Los Angeles and Hollywood before shifting gears to special needs education and community outreach. She is a contributing writer for Los Angeles Magazine and Pasadena Magazine. The mother of two sons, one of whom has autism, Kate is dedicated to helping communities and first responders interact successfully with at-risk populations.
We meet with your organization’s leaders to determine needs and concerns. Next, we conduct extensive staff interviews to find how your organization has previously interacted with people with special needs. How and why have specific encounters concluded successfully, or caused a problem?
We understand that each company or institution has its own culture, and that each will interact with special needs clients/customers in different contexts and scenarios. We will outline your organization’s specific strengths and vulnerabilities when dealing with the special needs population.
We offer a customized presentation, which includes audiovisual and take-home materials in addition to engaging interactive exercises. Our trainers are joined by people with varying special needs who help clients learn to identify and understand their unique needs and challenges. Based on your organization’s needs, we can assist large numbers of staff at one time or provide trainings for smaller groups.
The package includes access to trainers for follow-up questions and new concerns.
Seminars and Presentations
We can provide a trainer to offer one of our proven, successful 30- to 120-minute overview presentations about recognizing and communicating with the special needs population.
Our trainers are joined by people with varying special needs who help clients learn to identify and understand their unique needs and challenges.
Your presentation was clear and direct, which is the easiest way for us to retain the information given. Typically, training such as this is completed by watching a video presented by the Commission on Police Officer Standards of Training (P.O.S.T.) This was far more personable by having you there to answer questions. Recently, I was called to the police station lobby to assist a citizen with his severely autistic brother. By attending your class, I used a redirection technique you taught by simply offering water to the person as a way to break down barriers perceived on both ends. This worked, and I was able to establish communication with the person and resolve the matter a lot quicker than I would have before your training. Officer M.R
Kate Movius was my first choice when our community needed "special needs & safety" training. She collaborated with me to develop a program that brought together first responders, family members, self advocates and school staff to create a dialogue and advance our community awareness on this subject. My expectations were soon exceeded! What Kate did, in fact, was deliver a program that was engaging, fun (!), informative, and action-oriented. We all left with tools and skills we greatly needed. What also occurred thanks to her was the creation of an ongoing community effort for continuous progress to benefit the safety of our special needs loved ones.
This is a topic one does not typically associate with fun. It’s a scary topic! But Kate managed to create an environment of interactive, hands-on experience - and lo and behold, it was a very enjoyable event. We left smarter, more connected as a community and relieved to have information we can use.
Mari-Ann Kehler, Director, FRED Conference
Having the autistic children present was amazing. As a 21-year police officer, I would not have been able to differentiate the symptoms of autism from disobedience or being under the influence of drugs. I think this experience and knowledge will promote empathy from patrol officers in the future when dealing with families and, hopefully, bridge the gap that existed before the training. The interactive exercises really hit home for being able to understand the autistic thought process.Officer R.K.
For further information/to book a training
Autism Interaction Solutions
Los Angeles, CA
Phone: (323) 252-0036