Social Understanding, Emotional Regulation Workshop Planned

OSWEGO – The Oswego County Autism Taskforce will bring another valuable workshop for parents and educators this March entitled, “Ain’t Just MisBehavin,” Social Understanding and Emotional Regulation.

The conference will be presented by Kari Dunn-Buron, educator and author.

Kari Dunn-Buron
Kari Dunn-Buron

The workshop, planned for March 3 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, is a project that O.C.A.T.F. is bringing to Oswego County in its continuous efforts to enhance the lives of those touched by Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“Having someone as knowledgeable and experienced as Kari present to our community is an opportunity that parents, caregivers, and service providers alike will not want to miss,” said OCATF President, Tammy Thompson.

Over the past 10 years, there have been unprecedented advances in neuroscience related to the development of social behavior 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 students who exhibit upsetting, confusing, challenging or even violent behavior.

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

Specific strategies used to teach social information and emotional regulation will be presented and of value to parents, caregivers and professionals.

Dunn Buron taught in the K-12 public school system 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, Minn., and is on the advisory board for the Autism Society of Trinidad and Tobago; Life College in Minnesota and the Autism Society of Minnesota.

In 2003, she received a Self-designed Fellowship that allowed her to spend a year interviewing and working internationally with a number of scientists and researchers in the area of Neuroscience, Social Cognition, Education and Autism with a focus on challenging behaviors.

She has presented her work both nationally and internationally and in 2012, she was inducted into the Illinois State University Department of Education Hall of Fame.

Dunn Buron is the co-author of The Incredible 5-Point Scale (Revised Edition), and the author of When My Worries Get Too Big (Revised Edition and winner of the 2013 Mom’s Choice Award), A 5 Could Make Me Lose Control and A 5 is Against the Law! (2008 ASA literary award winner).

For questions, or to register for the workshop please contact Thompson at 315-349-3510.

There is a fee for participants.

Seating is limited and will be based on first come, first serve basis.

The OCATF is in its 11th year of serving the Oswego County community and continues its mission to serve those touched by ASD.