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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Paperback: 47 pages
  • Publisher: Autism Asperger Publishing Company (January 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1931282358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1931282352
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 8.5 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #221,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A 5 Is Against the Law! offers in a creative and interesting format an honest and down-to-earth look at the kinds of social situations many teens and young adults struggle with. It is written in a very user-friendly style that readers will relate to. The suggestions and activities are excellent. I hope this book is a bestseller. --Liane Holliday Willey, Ed.D., author<br /><br />At last! A meaningful, yet humorous, and easy-to-use intervention that identifies and explains how to handle different levels of anxiety, frustration, and anger. This workbook is a boondoggle for people with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism as well as those supporting them in understanding and successfully living with these strong and often confounding emotions. --Stephen M. Shore, M.A., author, consultant and presenter on autism<br /><br />This is a great practical guide that will facilitate insight into social conventions and regulations. As a result of completing the activities, a person with ASD will be better able to avoid causing offense or getting into trouble with the law. Kari s excellent program will be used with people who have high-functioning autism and Asperger Syndrome at our clinic in Australia. --Tony Attwood, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, The Asperger s Syndrome Clinic, Australia

At last! A meaningful, yet humorous, and easy-to-use intervention that identifies and explains how to handle different levels of anxiety, frustration, and anger. This workbook is a boondoggle for people with Asperger Syndrome and high-functioning autism as well as those supporting them in understanding and successfully living with these strong and often confounding emotions. --Stephen M. Shore, M.A., author, consultant and presenter on autism

A 5 Is Against the Law! offers in a creative and interesting format an honest and down-to-earth look at the kinds of social situations many teens and young adults struggle with. It is written in a very user-friendly style that readers will relate to. The suggestions and activities are excellent. I hope this book is a bestseller. --Liane Holliday Willey, Ed.D., author

From the Author

Since 1995, I have been employing young adults with Asperger Syndrome at my summer camp. Over that time period, one young man was fired from his job for stalking a coworker, one young man was fired for having a tantrum on the job, and a young woman had her driver's license taken away because of road rage. In addition, in recent years, while working with students K-12, I have saw a dramatic increase in the numbers of students with Asperger Syndrome who were being referred to sexual offender programs for sexual harassment. In all cases, issues of social skills, especially boundaries, were both. And in all cases, both parents and teachers were desperate for a method that could effectively teach these students the basics of social boundaries.

I wrote my new book, A 5 Is Against the Law! with these individuals in mind. I am hopeful that professionals and parents will use the book as a workbook either 1:1 or in small groups. The approach used puts grey thinking social information, which poses special challenges for individuals with autism spectrum disorders, into a black-and-white systematic format for clearer understanding. In addition, the book directly relates the person's behavior to possible outcomes that could affect personal freedom in hopes of increasing his or her motivation to learn.

The ultimate objective of this approach is for readers to better understand how their personal behavior impacts how others perceive and judge them, and how that judgment, fair or not, can impact their lives.

I hope you enjoy the book. I welcome your feedback.


More About the Author

Kari Dunn Buron taught in K-12 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 has done volunteer work specific to autism in Trinidad, Tobago, Barbados, Tanzania and Ghana. In 2003, Kari received a Self-designed Bush Leadership 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. In 2012, Kari was inducted into the Illinois State University Education Department Hall of Fame.

Kari is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale (Revised Edition), 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 Patenting Publications Award and Gold Medal Winner - Moonbeam Children's Book Awards).

Kari's latest projects include Social Behavior and Self-Management
(a book about how to use the scale with adults) and an early chapter book entitled Adalyn's Clare. Adalyn's Clare is a story about the dilemmas faced when a child has social anxiety, and the importance of respecting special interests when creating successful special programs. Adalyn's Clare is an excellent book to add to a Bibliotherapy curriculum teaching social and emotional information to highly anxious children.

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This book is one of the best resources for teens with ASD.
Ann S. Telfer
Also good ideas in how parents and teachers can help work with them on it all.
C. Appel
This book helped us talk about things that may come up before they happened.
Julie

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Brown on September 11, 2009
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My 15 year old is very resistant to books about his Aspergers but he liked this one. He clearly found it helpful, disappearing into his room, reading it completely and then asking me to order some of the items in the bibliography (another first). So kudos to the author.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Ann S. Telfer on March 8, 2007
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This book is one of the best resources for teens with ASD. The author presents real life social scenarios and uses a simple behavioral approach to helping teens understand how to make an appropriate response. It is effective as an instructional tool (and therefore preventive) or as a strategic process to remediate negative social interactions. I highly recommend this book!
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Davies on May 25, 2007
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This book is so useful for people with autism spectrum disorders that I wonder why there were no books that are this useful until very recently. As someone with Asperger's Syndrome myself, I realize how much sooner I would have learned good social skills and appropriate behaviour if there had been books like this 30 years ago! For much too long, I was a very marginalized member of society, and this was because nobody gave me the help that I needed in order to know what behaviour is appropriate in what situation. Instead, people just kept me out of situations in which my inappropriate behaviour mattered.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By C. Appel on July 28, 2011
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Wonderful book for those kids who mean to do the right thing but get confused about what the right thing is and how they are being percieved.

I've worked where adults on the spectrum who would have had their lives changed had someone provided them this information, instead the HR department had many fires to put out because of "odd behaviors" that caused complaints. There are also universities and high schools and middle schools who suspend those on the spectrum for doing behaviors that appear to be criminal or potentially harmful when that is not the intent of the autistic person doing them. Judges in courtrooms do not care if the behavior is austic in nature, they are going to throw the book at the teen or adult for the law broken.

We owe it to our autistic young people to enter the world knowing the expectations and what will happen to them if they can't control themselves...We as parents need to open our eyes. There are no IEP's in adulthood...there is a world that is NOT going to make allowances for them waiting for them.

Those meltdowns that parents just deal with? Well the world isn't going to deal with it. This book gives ways for those able to understand what it says, to gain some self control and monitor themselves more effectively. Also good ideas in how parents and teachers can help work with them on it all.

Our son is not that bad, but he's at that age where some of his quirky behaviors could be misconstrued. He really wants to know what the scoop is and to have a plan in place...he took to this book like a fish to water. Got him thinking about things.

It gave us as parents a good idea too how to help him more to be prepared.

I made a worksheet on the book and had him do it just to make sure that he understod the basics. Made for good dialogue (when he was able to talk about parts of it...you now autism)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mom In Minivan on July 20, 2010
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This was a fabulous tool for working with our child who suddenly had problems with sexually inappropriate conduct in Middle School. The examples used were very similar to the scenarios which we experienced. Brief and to the point with practical application.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David F. Freschi on March 9, 2007
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This is a very nice resource for the older child with Asperger's or socialcognitive difficulties. There is a lot of flexibility for the skilled educator to adapt the scales for a variety of situations. It is also useful for the inexperienced teacher to use a direct model.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Willa Allen on October 24, 2008
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Excellent. Our 15 year old autistic boy understood it and is really working on his behavior, apparently with real understanding of what the social rules are for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tweedee5 on November 9, 2011
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Recommended to me by parent of patient with high-functioning autism, this large-print direct book has given me a very practical language to explain social rules to kids and parents. I use it very regularly with all sorts of kids & parents. Just wish it had a few more pictures ... just cuz we like pretty pictures.
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