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The Incredible Five Point Scale (opens in a new window) was developed by autism education specialist Kari Dunn Buron. It’s a visual support using colors for a scale of one through five — say, for example, “1” is blue and “2” is yellow. You can use the scale to help kids understand voice volume or to help them with self-management. For example, a child will be able to say I’m at “1” today, I can do the work. Or, I’m at “3” today and I’m feeling a little anxious, and so I need to be able to take a break. It’s a very concrete way to give kids a way to communicate.

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