Kari Dunn Buron taught in K-12 with students on the autism
spectrum for 30 years and was a founding member of the MN Autism
Project. She developed an Autism Spectrum Disorders Certificate
program for educators at Hamline University in St. Paul, MN and has
done volunteer work specific to autism in Trinidad, Tobago,
Barbados, Tanzania and Ghana. In 2003, Kari received a
Self-designed Bush Leadership Fellowship that allowed her to spend
a year interviewing and working internationally with a number of
scientists and researchers in the area of Neuroscience, Social
Cognition, Education and Autism with a focus on challenging
behaviors. In 2012, Kari was inducted into the Illinois State
University Education Department Hall of Fame.
Kari is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale (Revised Edition), and the author of When My Worries Get Too Big, A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control and A 5 is Against the Law! (2008 ASA literary award winner). Kari is the co-editor of a textbook for educators titled Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators (2009 ASA literary award winner) and is the creator of an original social skills magazine designed for students with Asperger Syndrome called The Social Times (2010 Gold Winner, National Patenting Publications Award and Gold Medal Winner - Moonbeam Children's Book Awards).
Kari's latest projects include Social Behavior and Self-Management (a book about how to use the scale with adults) and an early chapter book entitled Adalyn's Clare. Adalyn's Clare is a story about the dilemmas faced when a child has social anxiety, and the importance of respecting special interests when creating successful special programs. Adalyn's Clare is an excellent book to add to a Bibliotherapy curriculum teaching social and emotional information to highly anxious children.
As an ever-growing population of children on the autism spectrum
ages up, so rises the urgent need to cultivate social competency
across the lifespan. Expanding the use of the award-winning 5-Point
Scale to support individuals in the adolescent and adult years is
especially timely. This volume includes many practical and poignant
examples to illustrate the application of this cutting-edge
approach to address issues commonly faced by individuals with
autism. I will be certain to incorporate this book in my university
courses and recommend it to my friends in the autism community."
--Pamela Wolfberg, PhD, professor, Autism Spectrum Program, San
Francisco State University; director, Autism Institute on Peer
Socialization and Play
"This book will prove invaluable to families and professionals working with young adults seeking to make their way in the world independently. As an autistic person who grew up without any of this knowledge, I know firsthand what a difference it can make." --John Elder Robinson, New York Times bestselling author
"Social Behavior and Self-Management: 5-Point Scales for Adolescents and Adults is a great resource. As a mentor and trainer, I have been recommending that and professionals use the 5-Point Scale with adults and young people alike. The scale is excellent because it is adaptable and simple and, therefor, versatile, quick, and effective. This book is excellent for anyone working with people on the autism spectrum." --Robyn Steward, person on the autism spectrum; trainer, mentor, and speaker - UK