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A 5 Is Against the Law!

Social Boundaries Straight Up! An honest guide for teens and young adults

Autism Society Award Winner!

Building on Kari Dunn Buron's popular book, The Incredible 5-Point Scale, this title takes a narrower look at challenging behavior with a particular focus on social behaviors that can spell trouble for adolescents and young adults who have difficulty understanding and maintaining social boundaries. Using a direct and simple style with lots of examples and hands-on activities, A 5 Is Against the Law! speaks directly to adolescents and young adults. A section of the book is devoted to how to cope with social anxiety before it begins to escalate, often leading to impulsive and unacceptable social behavior. Throughout the book, the reader is encouraged to think about and create his or her own behavior on an anxiety scale that applies to his or her particular emotions and situations.


Kari Dunn Buron, MS, 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 and A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control. 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).

ISBN: 9781931282352

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
May 23 2016
Customer Review: David F. Freschi - This is a very nice resource for the older child with Asperger's or social cognitive difficulties. There is a lot of flexibility for the skilled educator to adapt the scales for a variety of situations. It is also useful for the inexperienced teacher to use a direct model.
LENEXA, Kansas
May 23 2016
Customer Review: Willa Allen - Excellent. Our 15 year old autistic boy understood it and is really working on his behavior, apparently with real understanding of what the social rules are for.
LENEXA, Kansas
May 23 2016
Customer Review: Ann S. Telfer - This book is one of the best resources for teens with ASD. The author presents real life social scenarios and uses a simple behavioral approach to helping teens understand how to make an appropriate response. It is effective as an instructional tool (and therefore preventive) or as a strategic process to remediate negative social interactions. I highly recommend this book!
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