Kari Dunn Buron taught students on the autism spectrum in the K-12 public school system 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 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 The Neuroscience of Social Cognition, Emotional Regulation 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, and the author of When My Worries Get Too Big (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 and her latest project is a social skill curriculum based on her Social Times magazines titled The Social Times Curriculum.
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