Social Behavior and Self-Management:
5-Point Scales for Adolescents and Adults
Kari Dunn Buron, MS, Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD,
Mitzi Curtis, MA, Lisa King, MEd
Foreword by Foreword by Stephen Shore, EdD
Building on the success on the legendary Incredible 5-Point Scale: Assisting Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders in Understanding Social Interactions and Controlling Their Emotional Responses, by Buron and Curtis, this book also uses scales as a way of explaining social and emotional concepts to individuals who have difficulty understanding such information but have a relative strength in understanding systems. The 5-point scales can be used to increase communication between the person on the spectrum and their support person. It can increase self-management skills and, once learned, it can serve as an excelled self-advocacy tool. As such, it is invaluable at school, on the job and in the community.
WHAT THEY'RE SAYING...
"Practical and easy to use, this volume provides a handy scaffold for self-monitoring and social interaction. Useful to individuals, parents, teachers, and other professionals, this valuable addition to the literature will be used for used for years to come.
- Fred R, Volkmar, MD, Irving B. Harris Professor; director- Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine; and chief of child psychiatry, Yale New Haven Hospital
"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."
- Pamela Wolfberg, PhD, Professor, Autism Spectrum Program, San Francisco State University; director, Autism Institute on Peer Socialization and Play
About the Authors
Kari Dunn Buron taught in K-12 with students on the autism spectrum for 30+ years. 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 Social Cognition, Education and Autism with a focus on challenging behaviors. Kari is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale, 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 Parenting Publications Award and Gold Medal Winner Moonbeam Children s Book Awards).
Jane Thierfeld Brown, Ed.D. is director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law. She has worked in Disability Services for 27 years. She consults at many higher education institutions and is a frequent keynote speaker at conferences on Asperger Syndrome.
Mitzi Beth Curtis, MsEd, is an autism resource specialist currently working for Intermediate School District 287 in Minnesota and is consulting with Minnesota Life College. She has worked in special education, supported employment and residential programs for individuals with disabilities since 1978. Her youngest sister, Maria, sent her on this journey with her birth in 1963.
Lisa King, MEd, is a co-director of College Autism Spectrum, an educational consulting company that provides training and guidance to colleges regarding best practices for working with students on the autism spectrum, in addition to working directly with students on the spectrum and their families as they transition to, through, and beyond college. Additionally, she serves as an access consultant for St. Catherine University. Under the guidance of colleagues and co-authors, Jane Thierfeld Brown and Lorraine Wolf, Ms. King led a two-year pilot program at the University of Minnesota implementing a new model of service: Strategic Education for Asperger Students. She is a wife to Chris and mother of Ian and Bryn.
Foreward by Stephen M. Shore, EdD,
Stephen M. Shore, EdD, is a assistant professor of special education, Adelphi University; internationally known author, consultant, and presenter on issues related to the autism spectrum. Individual on the autism spectrum
"Students in Connecticut With Autism Adapting Better at College" - WNPR News
"More Colleges Expanding Programs For Students On Autism Spectrum" - Forbes
"With Autism Diagnoses on the Rise, New York universities Offer Students Help" - The Village Voice
"Autistic, And College-Bound" - NPR
"Autism awareness: College programs for students on the spectrum" - CBS News
"Autistic college students navigate the hidden curriculum" - USA Today
"Autistic Kids Learn To Survive, And Thrive, In College" - NPR
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