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Autistic individuals often have difficulties with social competence and understanding how their behavior impacts themselves and others. Likewise, neurotypical people often have difficulties with understanding the autistic person's reactions and responses. As a result, social interactions can suffer. The educational support known as the Incredible 5-Point Scale provides a visual representation of social and emotional concepts and abstract ideas. It is a simple scale used to teach social understanding and emotional regulation.

Estimated Time to Complete: 1 hour

  • What's Included
  • 16 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $10 certficate

Module Objectives:

  • Demonstrate positive and functional ways to respond to and interact with individuals prior to and during difficult situations using the Incredible 5-Point Scale
  • Explain how to use the 5 levels of the 5-Point Scale based on identification of problematic situations and 5 possible responses the person might exhibit
  • Complete a 5-Point Scale to promote self-management and emotional regulation and to teach social and emotional understanding

Module Authors


  • Kari Dunn Buron
  • Denise Sawan Caruso, MA
  • Julie Short
  • Sheila M. Smith, Ph.D.
  • Wendy Szakacs

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