The Farmington Hills Fire Department added a new tool at its fire stations intended to provide even more compassion, commitment to the community, and dedication to with innovative emergency medical services.
Every responding fire vehicle now carries special autism sensory and communication bags. Each of these bags is equipped with tools to help firefighter/paramedics when they treat someone on the autism spectrum.
The autism sensory and communication bags contain items such as fidget spinners, squishy toys, play dough, and earmuffs designed to help calm the patient by reducing sensory stimuli and providing a sense of comfort. Members of the fire department are also equipped with emotion cards to help patients express their feelings and needs. Specialized training provides staff members with helpful strategies and tips for interacting with autistic individuals.
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Source: Farmington Hills Fire better equipped to deal with autistic community