Dr. Annette Nunez is a highly sought after Autism expert, author and founder and director of Breakthrough Interventions, LLC, a multi-dimensional therapeutic program with specialized one-on-one programs at home and in school for children with autism. She is a licensed psychotherapist and has worked with children with ASD and other related disorders for over 20 years.
Dr. Nunez’s mission is to enrich the lives of children by providing academic, behavioral, cognitive and social support so that each child will be integrated into general educational classrooms, be able to develop friendships with peers, and become productive, independent individuals.
She received a BA in Psychology, an MS 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 and Aspberger’s.
Dr. Nunez wrote the The BI Approach, as well as a book titled Friendship Is, a touching children’s book which shows just how children with autism care for others in their own unique ways and takes a unique look at social acceptance and friendship. She is currently writing a book about the SCIP Model that will be published by early next year.
She conducts many seminars throughout the country and in China and plans to continue educating parents and professionals about mainstreaming and socialization of children with HFA and Aspberger’s. Dr. Nunez was recently honored by the Autism Society of Colorado as a finalist for the 2011 Faces of Autism Professional Award.