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Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often have difficulties with social competence and understanding how their behavior impacts themselves and others. In addition, they frequently battle with anxiety and have difficulty regulating their emotions and stress levels. As a result, they repeatedly struggle in social situations. The behavioral support known as the Incredible 5-Point Scale provides a visual representation of social behaviors, emotions, and abstract ideas. It is a simple scale used to teach social understanding. This module provides information on this promising practice.

  • What's Included
  • 12 pages
  • Pre/post-assessments
  • Optional $5 certficate
  1. Describe the components of the Incredible 5-Point Scale
  2. Identify the components of the Incredible 5-Point scale in examples being used in school, home, work, and community settings
  3. Define task analysis as breaking down a behavior or concept into concrete parts

Module Authors

Amy Bixler Coffin, M.S.

Amy Bixler Coffin, M.S. is the Autism Center Program Director at OCALI. She coordinates and provides regional and statewide trainings for districts and organizations; manages the consultation services provided by the Autism Center; leads the expansion of the Autism Internet Modules; supports the development of online learning offerings. Coffin has held positions as program director, director of special education, LI supervisor and intervention specialist. She has presented at national and state conferences, written articles and book chapters and has authored a book on supporting individuals with ASD within the community. Coffin is the 2016 recipient of the Kathe Shelby Leadership Award.

Sheila M. Smith, Ph.D.

Sheila M. Smith, Ph.D., is the Senior Director for the Research & Impact Office at OCALI, working over the past 13 years to advance OCALI's state- and system-wide capacity to improve outcomes for people with disabilities to live their best lives. She led the 2007 development of OCALI's Autism Internet Modules (AIM) project, linking research to real life. She received the 2007 CEC Division on DD Herbert J. Prehm Student Presentation Award. Smith has held positions as professional development specialist, administrator, university instructor, and teacher across seven states. Her numerous presentations and publications reflect her wide-range of experiences within the field of special education.

Module Contributors

Autism Asperger Publishing Company

Established in 1999, the mission of the Autism Asperger Publishing Company (AAPC) is to be the first source for practical solutions related to autism, Asperger Syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders. We are an independent publisher, targeting professionals and parents alike. We strive to offer publications at affordable prices so that important resources will not be off limits to anyone with an interest in the autism spectrum.

The Autism Asperger Publishing Company can be found at

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Content for this module was developed by Ohio Center for Autism and Low Incidence

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