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When My Autism Gets too Big! Understanding Emotional Competence

February 22, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Problems of emotional regulation and social competence are cognitive issues and can be thought of as learning disorders, not unlike a reading or math disorder. At the root of the problem we find a lack of skills needed to regulate one’s emotions, skills which make social situations and problems manageable. But these skills can be taught.

When a child lacks the skills needed to interact with others in a positive and successful way, he is likely to experience high levels of anxiety when faced with social situations. High levels of anxiety can easily lead to challenging or even explosive behavior.

This presentation will help parents re-think how they approach explosive or unexpected behaviors, and how to systematically work on the needed skill areas of self and social awareness, navigating relationships, and emotional regulation.

Learner Objectives:

  • Increase awareness of Emotional Intelligence as it relates to social thinking and behavior
  • Explain the benefits of using systems to teach social/emotional awareness
  • Discuss the connection between relationship building skills, relaxation and resiliency for children with autism
Kari Dunn Buron taught in the 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, and the author of When My Worries Get Too Big (Revised Edition and winner of the 2013 Mom’s Choice Award) and many other autism-related books. Kari’s latest work is an early chapter book for children ages 7-12 entitled Adalyn’s Clare about a highly anxious fourth grader and her social therapy dog, Clare.


February 22, 2014
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Ridgedale Library
12601 Ridgedale Dr., Room 174
Minnetonka, MN 55305 United States
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