Arc examines legal system and autism

Published Sep 12, 2018 at 4:00pm

HERKIMER — Parents and people who work in health and law enforcement can learn how autism and other neurodevelopment disorders can affect people in criminal justice and legal proceedings at a workshop planned by Arc Herkimer for Oct. 5.

Nancy Musarra, a cinical psychologist and author, will lead the workshop from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Herkimer College, 100 Reservoir Road in Herkimer.

The event is free and pen to the public.

Arc Herkimer asks that participants register at www.archerkimer or by phone at 315-574-7780 or email to jlarock@archerkimer.org.

Case examples and group participation will introduce tactics that can help when encountering someone who is hallucinating, naked, hesitating, in crisis or stemming, the term for spinning, rocking, hand-flapping or repeating words that some people with autism engage in to calm themselves. 

Musarra is the author of “The New Normal: 7 Things to Know as You Care for & Love a Child with Special Needs.”