The South Central Crisis Center is a State Operated Services mental health facility in Mankato, Minnesota. The center is designed to offer people suffering an acute mental health episode, such as suicidal thoughts, or who need a medication adjustment or other psychiatric services, up to a few days in a safe, secure environment. The center accepts referrals from law enforcement, county or health care professionals in these participating counties: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Sibley and Watonwan. Recently, the program has been serving a larger amount of clients who have a diagnosis of Asperger’s Disorder or high functioning Autism along with other comorbid mental health diagnoses. These clients pose a new challenge to the program as their behavior and learning styles differ from those of other clients the program serves. In order to better serve their clients, the staff at South Central Crisis Center requested training materials on behavioral traits and learning styles of clients who are diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

To meet the needs of the clients at the South Central Crisis Center, a literature review was conducted, looking at various studies of behavioral traits and learning styles of adults with Asperger’s Disorder and high functioning Autism. From this literature review an electronic training module was developed. This module consisted of a power point presentation and a learning manual.


Nancy Fitzsimons

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Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Social and Behavioral Sciences

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