Sally Torrens

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Social Skills: The Benefits of Peers and Pivotal Response Training

Social behavior is complicated, and for individuals with a diagnosis of autism, the social barriers can be daunting.  Also, the lack of motivation to learn and generalize complex social behavior is a common problem that is well known in this population. Pivotal response training (PRT) is a method that has been shown to help the […]

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Take a Bow

They filtered in each Saturday morning for 8 weeks. One participant would amble around the theatre and immediately walk on stage when Christina Hart, actress and facilitator, arrived, commenting on last week’s activities and what was in store for that day. Others sat quietly in the audience, eyes at half-mast. As soon as Christina signaled […]

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Explaining Autism

Not so long ago, books that poignantly explained the diagnosis of autism in everyday language were few and far between. We’ve compiled a list of books for the individual who has been diagnosed, and for parents, siblings, peers, extended family members, teachers, and other professionals. This list will continue to grow. We hope it is […]

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Parents Are the Child’s Earliest Teachers

For the parent and for the child—time is critical. Studies show that children can make tremendous gains with a comprehensive, early intervention behavioral program (EIBI) as early as possible in a child’s life that focuses on reducing problem behaviors while providing intensive one-to-one teaching in a number of developmentally appropriate areas that include parent involvement […]

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Three Million Ways….

Cara and I recently googled “autism treatment methods” and found about 3,840,000 results. Gasp. These results included autism organizations, autism support groups, stem-cell therapy, alternative treatments, ABA agencies, schools, autism blogs, group practices, chelation, lawsuits, news organizations….and on and on and on. How can a parent wade through 73 pages of results and find what […]

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There’s Hope for Social-skills Stumbling Block

One of the core challenges of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is social skills, and Kennedy Krieger Institute researchers found that early intervention improves social development in toddlers. The National Institute of Mental Health (NIHM) published findings on December 8, 2010, in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry that showed sustained improvements in social and […]

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“I personally would like to bring a tortoise onto the stage, turn it into a racehorse, then into a hat, a song, a dragon and a fountain of water. One can dare anything in the theatre….” — Eugene Ionesco

We have the acting bug! An enthusiastic group of actors of all ages gathered this past Saturday for the second day of the acting workshop, On Stage, hosted by Inizio Interventions. On Stage is a unique experience for individuals with autism and other special needs. Peer role models were part of Saturday’s acting group–facilitating and […]

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“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” – Pablo Picasso

ACTING WORKSHOP—WE HAVE A FEW SPOTS LEFT! Inizio has teamed up with actress Christina Hart to provide a unique experience for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Christina Hart is a professional film and television actress.  Her credits include over 75 starring and guest starring roles, including several stints on Three’s Company and Happy […]

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Inizio: inception, to begin again

Our journey begins.  As we begin to craft an agency that provides evidence-based behavior intervention services to individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities and their families, let us introduce ourselves. Who are we? A partnership of two who are embarking on a similar path by providing cutting-edge interventions and service design flexibility that comes […]

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