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Sallisaw Civic Center

111 N Elm St, Sallisaw, OK 74955

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The Pervasive Parenting Center and Sallisaw Police Department will host Sgt. Cory Sutton of the University of Oklahoma Police Department, for training in Law Enforcement Contacts of Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. The event will be held at two different times to help accommodate schedules. The first training will be on Tuesday, June 27, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the second on Thursday, June 29 at the Sallisaw Civic Center in Sallisaw, Ok.

This class is free and will go toward 8 hours of continuing education for all law enforcement. This will include 2 hours in mental health training. It will also include a parent panel to give insight into their lives with children on the spectrum. There will be a presentation from Sutton along with his wife Traci, a speech pathologist that works with children with autism and other disabilities.

“We hosted officer Sutton last year in Poteau, and there was such a great turnout and response that we had to have him back,” said Kodey Toney, director of the Pervasive Parenting Center. “I was then approached by Billy Oliver of the Sallisaw Police Department and they helped us set this up again in Sequoyah County. I feel there is a huge need. Sgt. Sutton is helping to bring awareness to the officers and peace of mind to the families in this area. With 1 in 68 diagnosed with autism, and an increase of 72 percent in the past seven years, it is an issue that will become more prevalent in the near future.”

Sutton and his wife have developed this training to help officers understand people on the spectrum a little better.

“I put this together because a close friend of ours that has had three negative experiences with her son and law enforcement,” said Sutton. “It made me sick, so I started looking into training myself and then to train other officers. My wife is a speech pathologist and works with a lot of individuals on the spectrum. So between the two of us, we have put this class together. I have had nothing but positive responses, in fact very positive responses, from everyone that has attended so far.”

For more information contact Sgt. Cory Sutton: (405) 325-1436; (405) 740-1645; sutton42@ou.edu, or Kodey Toney: (918) 658-5076; ktoney@pervasiveparentingcenter.org.

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