Arc examines legal system and autism


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

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.”


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