Tri-State Webinar: The Incredible 5-Point Scale and Anxiety

Webinar Description:

Anxiety is often a part of the autistic profile.  Anxiety is also the most contagious of all emotions, and anxiety is personal.  Because of these issues, it is essential that all educators, when faced with troublesome, disturbing, or confusing behavior have an objective planning system on hand.

The anxiety curve, as introduced by Buron and Curtis, in 2003 provides just such a system.  This webinar will discuss the use of the anxiety curve to both address emotional regulation with students, and as a tool for educational planning.  Kari will connect the curve to the Incredible 5-Point Scale; and illustrate how it relates to other common teaching strategies.


Learner Objectives:

After attending this webinar learners will:

  • Be able to map the anxiety levels of at least one student.
  • Become familiar with the anxiety curve as an educational teaming tool.
  • Be able to identify at least 3 physical signs of anxiety.
  • Be able to identify at least 2 calming strategies that reduce their own anxiety.


Presenter Information:

Kari taught in the K-12 MN public school system with students on the autism spectrum for 30+ years, is a Past President of the Autism Society of MN, 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 has done volunteer work related to autism in Ghana, Tanzania, Nigeria, Trinidad and Tobago, Barbados, and Nepal. 

Kari is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale and Social Behavior and Self-Management.  She is 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). She also has written a curriculum for teachers working with students who struggle with social understanding and challenging behavior called Social Times Curriculum. Kari’s current project involves the “re-launching” of her early chapter book entitled Adalyn’s Clare. You can learn more about Kari and her work on her webpage

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