Autism: C'hele's Story

March 2, 2008

Autism and Non Violent Crisis Intervention

Filed under: Autism, CPI, Special Needs — C'hele @ 22:17

CPI = Crisis Prevention Institute. Otherwise known as Non Violent Crisis Intervention Training. When I worked at the autism centre it was a daily occurrence that one of our students would melt-down and become violent whenever sensory or communications issues arose. It was mandatory for all staff to be equipped with this training as almost everyday these skills would be applied. Eventually we were required to take the advanced course due to many new students with severe behavioural issues coming into the program.

This workshop is incredibly beneficial for a person who has a child or works with children with autism or other social-communication challenges.

You can check out their web site over at: www.crisisprevention.com for more detailed information.This course is amazing. It will help you to understand how behaviour escalates and how to safely intervene before violent behaviour occurs. You will learn how to fine tune your observation skills and recognize the warning signs when behaviour escalates and becomes out of control. You learn how to support your child or student through the various behaviour escalation levels. This program also teaches you, how to appropriately utilize legal physical restraints should a student or child attack you. These models are taught by a certified Non Violent Crisis Intervention Instructor. Examples of self-defence positions taught are: the kick block, bite release, choke releases, hair pull releases and much more.

It was required that I recertify myself every year. Now that I no longer work at the autism centre, I intend on continuing to refresh myself with this program. The information within it is invaluable and it will continue to assist me in promoting the CPI’s motto of implementing the “care, welfare, safety & security” of every child I work with no matter where I work.

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