EPISODE 53: SOCIALIZATION OF CHILDREN WITH AUTISM
With Dr. Annette Nunez
Hi, everyone! Welcome to this week’s episode primarily focusing on mainstreaming and socialization of children with autism. I’m speaking with Dr. Annette Nunez, the founder and director of Breakthrough Interventions. You may have even seen her on FOX News as she does many interviews on the power of positivity and autism. Stay tuned to listen to this awesome lady share her experience and advice on cultivating positive relationships through facilitated play and much more.
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Dr. Annette Nunez conducts many seminars both nationally and internationally, in addition to consulting with schools in China and South Africa on autism interventions. She is a licensed psychotherapist and has worked with children on the spectrum and other related disorders for over 20 years. She has a B.A. in Psychology, a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Research Methods with a specialization in Child Development. She loves working with the whole family, so much so that she created an online community called Breaking Through Autism where she shares support and self-care tips. We all know that every journey looks different, but it’s the support system that you need to help guide, inspire and encourage you along the way. That’s what keeps EVERYONE moving forward. I’m really excited to introduce Dr. Annette Nunez to our show today.
As Dr. Nunez has stated, “Success for me is not what I can do for your child. Success is when parents trust and support the process no matter how hard it can be. Success is when I have the privilege to watch my clients realize their full potential and have a positive outlook on life and their future.” Rather than focusing on the negatives that you may hear, “your child will never, can’t, etc.”, try focusing on the positives. Thanks so much for being a part of My Autism Tribe, and I hope to see you next week.
Dr. Annette Nunez Bio
Dr. Annette Nunez is the founder and director of Breakthrough Interventions, LLC. She is a licensed psychotherapist and has worked with children with ASD and other related disorders for over 20 years. She received a B.A. in Psychology, an M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Ph.D. in Quantitative Research Methods with a specialization in Child Development. At UCLA, she studied and trained with renowned autism expert, Dr. Ivar Lovaas on Discrete Trial Training (DTT). She also received training from the Institute for Child Development in California on the Floortime Approach and developed a successful behavioral program that combined aspects of DTT and Floortime.
As part of her doctorate work at the University of Denver, Dr. Nunez developed the Children’s Social Competence Scale (CSCS). The CSCS is an early intervention evaluation tool that measures social competency in young children. She serves as the Program Director for Connect Us, a non-profit organization that helps children cultivate positive relationships through facilitated play. Her research interests include the mainstreaming and socialization of children with High Functioning Autism.
Dr. Nunez co-wrote the Friendship Is… book and is currently writing a book about the Breakthrough Interventions model that will be published this year. She conducts many seminars both nationally and internationally and has consulted with many schools in China and South Africa. Dr. Nunez also consults and supervises the therapists at the Breakthrough Interventions site in South Africa.
Dr. Nunez was honored by the Autism Society of Colorado as a finalist for the 2011 Faces of Autism Professional Award. You can see Dr. Nunez on FOX News as she as she does many interviews on the power of positivity and autism. She plans to continue educating parents and professionals about mainstreaming and socialization of children with Autism.