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 22 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 in 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 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 is also the co–owner of AMPublishingand plans to write more books about inclusion and autism in the near future. 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. She was honored by the Autism Society of Colorado as a finalist for the 2011 Faces of Autism Professional Award. Dr. Nunez has been featured in the Huffington Post, NPR, The Jenny McCarthy Show, and FOX News.
Not only does Dr. Nunez support children with autism, she is also a huge advocate for women empowerment. In 2015 she started writing a personal blog entitled “Forty-Forty Vision.” She intends to inspire women of all ages to discover self-love, trust their inner voice, and find the passion within! You can see Dr. Nunez on FOX News as she as she does many interviews on the power of positivity.