Alzheimer’s Disease, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and other Cognitive Disorders can lead to behaviors that are often misinterpreted. Our reactions to these behaviors can promote peaceful interactions and a positive outcome, or they can lead to a tragic outcome. Training on these behaviors is essential for public safety officers, but it does not stop there. From a risk management perspective, this knowledge is valuable to hospital personnel, educators, and anyone who comes in contact with the general public. We must understand what behaviors may occur and why those behaviors may present themselves. According to the Centers for Disease Control 2013 statistics, autism is occurring at a rate of 1 in 50 children. The National Alzheimer’s Association states that there are 5.4 million people in this country suffering from Alzheimer’s. The question is not whether or not we will interact with individuals dealing with these disorders, the question is when. If we do not understand the basics of these disorders and the behaviors related to them, we may very easily create a problem that could have been easily avoided
At A Better Understanding, our goal is very simple. We want to educate and inform. Caregivers and parents deal with extremely difficult situations in caring for their loved ones. They fear what may happen if they are not around. Our goal at A Better Understanding is not to only explain why these behaviors occur, but we want to provide education and information on ways to positively act and react to those behaviors. There have been numerous incidents over the years where interactions with these populations have resulted in injuries and even death. While these situations may continue, our goal at A Better Understanding is to minimize the number of these incidences.