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The Incredible 5-Point Scale

The Incredible 5-Point Scale 9781937473075

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The Incredible 5-Point Scale: 
The Significantly Improved and Expanded Second Edition

Supporting emotional regulation has become a critical priority in effective programming for students with ASD. The Incredible 5-Point Scale was one of the first practical supports to help all partners recognize and teach students to become aware of their state of regulation. The Significantly Improved and Expanded Second Edition of the now classic resource expands on the core idea of the original scale by providing current clinical examples of how to use the scale across different age groups and functioning levels. New scales are offered specifically designed for young children and those individuals with more classic presentations of autism, including an expanded use of the Anxiety Curve. Another addition is a list of goals and objectives related to incorporating scales in students’ IEP’s. 


Kari Dunn Buron, MS, taught in the K-12 public school system 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 is on the Advisory Board for the Autism Society of Trinidad and Tobago; Life College in MN and the Autism Society of MN.   In 2003, Kari received a Self-designed 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.  Kari has presented her work both nationally and internationally and in 2012, she was inducted into the Illinois State University Department of Education 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 (Revised Edition and winner of the 2013 Mom’s Choice Award),  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). Kari co-authored a book for college students and young adults with autism entitled Social Behavior and Self-Management. Kari’s latest work is an early chapter book for children ages 7-12 entitled Adalyn’s Clare about a highly anxious 4th grader and her social therapy dog, Clare.

Mitzi Beth Curtis, MsEd, is an autism resource specialist currently working for Intermediate School District 287 in Minnesota, and 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.

ISBN: 9781937473075

Reviews (5)

LENEXA, Kansas
June 07 2016
Customer Review: Amazon Customer - This book is helpful and informative for parents trying to help children to understand their own state of mind. My son is using a 5-Point Scale at school. While it is not a magic bullet, it is helpful.
LENEXA, Kansas
June 07 2016
Customer Review: Richard Culbertson - This is a thoughtful update of a classic. If you are looking for ways to help autistic students to understand feelings and to implement strategies to change behavior, I would recommend this as a fundamental part of your library. Please note that this is not a classroom management tool to rate behavior. It is a way to help students manage their own lives.
LENEXA, Kansas
August 12 2015
The 2nd edition of The Incredible 5-Point Scale is a unique teaching resource for both professionals and families with individuals of all ages and abilities on the autism spectrum. The revised and expanded 2nd edition continues the teaching approach from the first book, adding new ideas for teaching and reinforcing social and behavior management skills across an expanded range of ages and abilities. In addition to offering helpful insights for teaching young children, the book shows how scales can be used to teach nonverbal children or children with more classic forms of autism. Also – a huge plus – the book gives examples of how the scale can be written into an IEP.
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