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Dean Kelble presents autism preparedness programs several times each year.  The overall goal of preparing EMS professionals to manage encounters with persons who have autism spectrum disorders focuses on three main factors:

  • Awareness
  • Assessment
  • Management

His hallmark program, "Autism Prepardness for EMS Professionals" addresses all of these three areas. Topics  include background information on autism, why EMS needs to be prepared to deal with an encounter with an autistic person, how to deal with a autism crisis (such as escalation) and assessment and treatment strategies for the patient with autism.  This presentation is approved for PA DOH EMS Continuing Education at all levels (3.5 hrs., 1 hr. M/T) and runs about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.

This program is the preferred offering for independent presentations and can be customized to meet your needs.  This program is also appropriate for pre-conference, keynote, breakout and workshop presentation.

In addition, Dean offers the following courses on autism for grand round presentations and conference sessions.  The courses are designed for 60-90 minute sessions:

  • Autism Awareness for EMS
  • This Ain't No Ordinary Patient - The Autistic Patient
  • Managing Autism Escalation*
  • Assessment and Treatment Strategies of Autism*

*It is highly recommended (but not required) that attendees have a basic understanding of autism spectrum disorders before attending. 

All presentations can be customized to meet your specific needs and are targeted towards Emergency Medical Services professionals.  In addition, Dean can speak on many EMS topics not related to autism, including cardiology, preparing BLS providers to assist ALS provider, errors in EMS and other select topics.  

If you would like to learn more, or to book Dean Kelble for a presentation, please contact him directly at dkelble@psu.edu.