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2017 Adelaide and Darwin Autism Conference

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Social Cognition and Emotional Regulation: Truly Understanding Behaviour Tips, Techniques and Strategies for Effective Support of Behaviour;

Kari Dunn Buron comes to Australia as an international expert recognised for her significant contribution to the autism field to present a practical, innovation conference for families, educators and other professionals.

Darwin - Tuesday 4th April 2017

Adelaide - Friday 7th April 2017


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Time: 9:00am-3:30pm (registration open from 8:00am)

Time: 9:30am-4:00pm (registration open from 8:30am)

Venue: Sky City Casino  Gilruth Ave, Darwin City NT 0820

Venue: The Convention Centre, North Terrace

Cost: Professionals $195pp, Families- $100 pp

Cost:  Families- $100 pp, Autism SA Associate/Ordinary Members- $195pp, Non-members $220pp

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Speaker Background:

Kari Dunn Buron has 30 plus years of experience working with individuals on the autism spectrum in the educational setting and is a founding member of the Minnesota Autism Project. She has worked extensively across the United States to establish the autism certificate for Minnesota and Hamline University as well as being on the advisory board for universities across Minnisota and the Autism Society of Trinidad and Tobago.

Kari has worked internationally with a number of researchers in the area of Neuroscience, Social Cognition, Education and Autism with a focus on complex behaviours. She has presented her work internationally and in 2012, she was inducted into the Illinois State University Department of Education Hall of Fame.

Kari is the author/co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale. When My Worries Get Too Big, A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control, A 5 is Against the Law, Learners on the Autism Spectrum: Preparing Highly Qualified Educators, Social Behaviour and Self-Management, Adalyn’s Clare and The Anxiety Curve. Her latest project is a social skills curriculum based on her Social Times magazines called The Social Times Curriculum.

Presentation Overview:

Over the past 10 years, there have been unprecedented advances in neuroscience related to the development of social behaviour and emotional regulation. These advances include information about social awareness, social attention, self awareness, self management and self-control. This new research not only documents that these skills are brain-based, but emerging educational research indicates that these skills can be taught. The information in this presentation should be a part of every team discussion for all individuals who exhibit behaviour of concern.

This presentation includes an overview of Social Cognition, Executive Function and Emotional Regulation as they relate to Social Anxiety and a Loss of Emotional Control- 

  • What is Social Cognition? What does it have to do with behaviour?
  • How to use The Incredible 5-Point Scale to teach social and emotional concepts and behaviours?
  • Cognitive control and Executive Functioning and how they relate to emotional regulation and Interoception.
  • Relationship building skills and Relaxation: why they matter and how to teach them.
  • Additional Speaker (Adelaide Only)-An individual with a ‘Lived Experience’ will provide a unique insight into the autism spectrum.

Key Points:

  • Social cognition is a neurological issue that impacts how a person perceives, understands and relates to the world.
  • Social cognition involves social thinking and can be considered a social learning difference.
  • Executive functioning is a neurological issue that impacts a person’s ability to organise their thinking, to think flexibly when things fall apart.
  • Executive function skills can be taught.
  • Emotional regulation involves one’s ability to identify and control emotional responses to social situations that are confusing or frustrating.
  • The ability to regulate emotions is negatively impacted by social misunderstandings, social anxiety and social confusion. These core issues can be the foundation of a support program for students with complex social behaviours.
  • These thoughts are not inline with traditional beliefs about behaviour.
  • Teaching relationship awareness and friendship making skills.
  • Understanding the importance of and addressing the issue of social motivation.
  • Using a student’s interests to address their social cognitive needs.
  • Teaching social pleasure and relaxation using. 
  • Interoception with the Incredible 5-Point Scale.
  • Rethinking how we think.
  • When things fall apart.

Parent Testimony: Following an Autism SA course ‘Helping your child cope with change’ I made an Incredible 5 Point Scale to help my child with her anxiety and to avoid meltdowns. The first time I saw her beginning to become anxious, I bought out the chart, pointing out that she was about a level 3 and gave her a calming tool. Following a few minutes of time to clam down, she was able to co-operate and complete the task she had been asked to do without melting down and it becoming a yelling match. It was such a relief for both of use to avoid a situation that leaves us both feeling awful and to replace it with a pleasant experience! – Parent testimonial 17th November 2016

Cost: Families - $100 pp, Autism SA Members - $195 pp, *Non-members - $220 pp, 

Registration: Register online at 

For more information or assistance to register:  Contact Emma Bennett at or phone 8462 0658 

Additional Information: This is a catered event. Please contact the Training and Consultancy admin on 8462 0658 if any dietary requirements are needed.