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Annette Nunez

Annette Nunez, PhD is the founder and director of Breakthrough Interventions, LLC and Breaking Through Autism. She is a licensed psychotherapist and has worked with children with ASD and other related disorders for over 22 years. 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 served 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 and self-published the Friendship Is… book. 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 has been featured in the Huffington Post, NPR, The Jenny McCarthy Show, and FOX News. For more information visit the websites: www.btinterventions.com and www.breakingthroughautism.com

How to Make Friends on the Playground With ASD

How to Make Friends on the Playground With ASD https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/make-friends-on-playground-with-asd/

The playground represents a time for having fun where children laugh, play, run around, and form friendships. However, for a child with autism the playground is like being lost in a foreign country without knowing the language. The playground is chaotic, unpredictable, loud, and over-stimulating. We often see children with autism walking the perimeter of […]

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Planning the Best Playdate for Your Child With Autism

Planning the Best Playdate for Your Child With Autism https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/planning-best-playdate-with-autism/

The word “playdate” is a dreaded word for many autism families.  I know numerous families that will avoid playdates for several reasons. Many parents think their child cannot participate in them because they lack the play, social, and verbal skills to be successful. Some parents will not schedule playdates because they are not themselves social. […]

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How to Prepare Now for a Successful IEP for Your Child

How to Prepare Now for a Successful IEP for Your Child https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/preparation-successful-iep-for-child/

Planning your child’s Individualized Education Program (IEP) can be very stressful for parents.  What often causes the most stress having to sit through very long meetings and listen to educators tell you what your child can’t do, instead of focusing on what your child will be doing for the next year. This process can often […]

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Top Tips on How to Transition a Child With ASD Back to School

Top Tips on How to Transition a Child With ASD Back to School https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/child-with-asd-back-to-school/

The time has come! Summer is winding down, and it is that of year when your kids need to start preparing themselves to go back to school.  As a parent, you have mixed emotions about starting the new school year. On the one hand, you are excited to have some “me” time again.  However, on […]

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Summertime Activities That Will Engage Your Child With Autism

https://www.autismparentingmagazine.com/summertime-activities-engage-child-autism/

It’s summertime…the dreaded time of year for most autism parents! It is that time of year when your child goes from structure to non-structure and we begin to see more and more meltdowns because of this BIG transition. Summertime doesn’t have to be full of dread and meltdowns. In fact, summertime is the time where […]

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