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Kari Dunn Buron
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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 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, 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 project is an early chapter book for children ages 8-12 entitled Adalyn's Clare and published by the Autism Asperger Publishing Company.

Adalyn's Clare
illustrated by Lou Wisniewski
Autism Asperger Publishing Company, 2012
ISBN 978-1-937473-22-8

Adalyn is a very smart but lonely 4th grader who loves animals and science. She is not very good at finding human friends, but she is a whiz at studying science. Her best friends are the animals in the science room, which is just about her favorite place in the whole wide world. Adalyn finds most people very confusing and frustrating, which causes her a great deal of worry, and sometimes gets her into trouble. Clare is a therapy puppy who has been assigned to help Adalyn find friends. This is a big assignment for a 3-month-old puppy, but she doesn't have to figure it all out on her own. Clare draws support from memories of her own mother's wisdom; some really caring teachers; and the life lessons of a friendly ferret, 2 very smart rats, an exotic bird, and a three-legged guinea pig.

Adalyn's Clare

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