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McAllen, TX: Police get training to deal with autistic students; 'population has grown'

Aug 7, 2023, KRGV, Weslaco, TV: Local non-profit hosts specialty training on autism for McAllen ISD Police Department
The McAllen Independent School District Police Department is getting new training on how to interact with students with autism.
Other trainings focus on how to deal with a child's meltdown and will teach school district staff to restrain a student, but this specialty training instead hopes to calm the situation before it ever gets to that point.

Cynthia Vale is no stranger to autism. Her son was diagnosed when he was four years old…. McAllen ISD teachers and school officers learned a different technique to help students with autism.

"Just because they have a meltdown doesn't mean they cannot learn," Bebo's Angels Board of Director Linda Gomez said.

Bebo's Angels hosted the training, and Gomez says groups are taught different ways to communicate with autistic students.

"It's really telling you how to identify them, how to interact with them as well. How can you help them? How can you help that individual calm down quicker," Gomez said.

Gomez hopes the de-escalation techniques will cut down the number of students who need to be restrained.

"We want them to learn how to deal with our children. All they want is to be educated. All they want is to be in school," Gomez said.

Mcallen ISD police department says the specialized training on autism is needed.
"The population has grown," McAllen ISD Police Department Crime Prevention Specialist Michael Avila said. "A lot of our students are diagnosed with this."...


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