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.
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. She 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).
Mitzi Beth Curtis, MsEd, is an autism resource specialist currently working 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.
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.
Jane Thierfeld Brown, EdD, is director of Student Services at the University of Connecticut School of Law and co-director of College Autism Spectrum. She has worked in disability services for 33 years. Dr. Brown's main research interests are students with Asperger syndrome in higher education and students with disabilities in high-stakes graduate programs. She consults with many institutions of higher education, as well as with parents and students on issues of students with autism spectrum disorders and is a frequent speaker at conferences. She co-authored Students With Asperger Syndrome: A Guide for College Personnel. Dr. Brown has three children, the youngest of whom is a 20-year-old son on the spectrum.
11-18 years/ Adult. 2012
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