Autism: Understanding, Recognizing, and Managing This Invisible Disability - Recorded July 20, 2021

There are certain characteristics that present frequently in Autism and because people with Autism process information differently, information needs to be conveyed in a way they can understand. Knowledge of these characteristics and how to accommodate them will help decrease problematic behavior and rehabilitate the person with Autism more effectively. This course will teach you to recognize Autistic behaviors, how to de-escalate a meltdown, pre-empt a meltdown, and communicate more effectively.

Educational Objectives

• Define autism spectrum disorder

• Summarize the five keys to de-escalation of problem behavior

• Identify at least two coping strategies to offer someone on the autism spectrum in a crisis

About the presenters

Joyce Benjamin, RN, PA-C has been an RN for 45 years and a Physician Assistant for 32 of those years. She retired as a PA-C and now holds Emeritus status. She and her husband (Dr. James Benjamin) have 2 adult sons on the Autism Spectrum and co-founded Autism FYI Org in 2014. 

Michelle Grimes, BS, MBA, MS is a retired police sergeant who served 23 years with the Prince George’s County Police Department. After retirement, she began working with Autism FYI Org to help teach first responders how to identify, de-escalate and safely engage persons on the Autism Spectrum.

Webinar Fee:

$59 ($49 for CCHP), includes access to the power point presentation, the webinar recording and CE credit – 1.0 hours for ACCME, ANCC, APA and CCHP. If you would like a copy of the presentation slides and info on how to claim CE credit, please send an email to

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When and Where
  • 5/13/2022 9:00 AM CDT
  • 12/31/2023 11:59 PM CST
  • Webinar
  • Chicago
  • IL