Authors: Kari Dunn Buron


Building on the 5-point scale, Kari has written a workbook for adolescents and young adults called A 5 Is Against the Law! The book takes a narrower look at challenging behavior with a particular focus on behaviors that can spell trouble for youth who have difficulty understanding and maintaining social boundaries.


The book uses a direct and simple style with lots of examples and hands-on activities. The idea behind the 5-point scale is to take a social or emotional concept and break it into 5 parts to make it easier to understand the different degrees of social behavior. The approach makes use of a systematic method to teach difficult and often frustrating social information. The reader is introduced to the idea that behavior that may have been considered "annoying" or "rude" (a #3) when they were younger, can actually be against the law (a #5) when they become adults.

There is a section devoted to anxiety and how to cope with this emotion before it begins to escalate. Ideas for using the anxiety curve are included. Throughout the book, the reader is encouraged to think about and create his own behavior and anxiety scale that might apply to his particular emotions and situations. This book is designed to be used in 1:1 teaching formats or with a small group.

Michelle says: This is an excellent book for use by adolescents! I recommend this highly. It is an honest approach to help students take seriously the impact of some of their behaviors not only with others but also with the law!

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  • Autism Society of America's Literary Work

    Each year, the Autism Society of America presents a number of awards to individuals and organizations in recognition of their commitment to the autism community. Award winners are announced each year at the Autism Society’s National Conference and Exposition. Nominees should exemplify positive impact on the quality of life for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Product Details

  • Profession

    Adult/Individual, Behaviorist, Mental Health (counselor, social worker, psych), Occupational Therapist (and PT), Parent, Speech Language Pathologist, Teacher (Sp.Ed. and Gen.Ed.)
  • Age

    Middle School, High School, Transition to Adult, Adult
  • Diagnostic Label

    Attention Issues (ADD/ADHD), Anxiety, Asperger's Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Language or Learning Disability, Nonverbal Learning Disability, Social Communication Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury, No Diagnosis, Other
  • Social Thinking & Social Skills

    Social Emotional & Mental Health, Social Problem Solving, Self Regulation, Social Responsibility & Executive Functioning
  • Publishing Info

  • Published: 2007
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 47
  • ISBN: 9781931282352
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