This workshop will explore basic communication techniques that are reliable, legally defensible, effective, and accommodating for children with autism spectrum disorder who are alleged victims of abuse or neglect. While this workshop is intended for forensic interviewers, other members of multidisciplinary teams may benefit from attending this workshop to better understand biases and assumptions related to investigating cases involving child victims with autism. Abuse dynamics, possible indicators of abuse or neglect, pre-interview considerations, question types, and other information on eliciting reliable information from children with autism will also be discussed.
Participants will have increased understanding of adaptations and considerations for interviewing children with autism spectrum disorder
Participants will have increased knowledge of common biases regarding investigating cases with children with autism spectrum disorder
Participants will have increased knowledge of pre-interview considerations for cases involving child victims with autism spectrum disorder