Blog Author: Torri Wright

  • Podcast: Creating a Loving Home as Foster Care Providers

    by Torri Wright | May 14th, 2020

    In this episode, Erin dives into their journey in becoming foster parents to two young children at a time in their lives they were finding a sense of normalcy within supporting a child with Williams Syndrome - a syndrome impacting both physical health and developmental aspects - as well as the challenges that come with becoming a new parent.


  • Podcast: Meeting Basic Human Needs: COVID-19

    by Torri Wright | April 16th, 2020

    Jessica Swain-Bradway is the executive director for NWPBIS (North West Positive Behavior Intervention Supports) and has a great deal to offer in the way of meeting basic needs at a time it is most critical. Jessica and Torri dive into a conversation about how to best support ourselves and one another during these unprecedented times. We also talk about the importance of relationship and connection between school supports and home.


  • Kids Need Predictability – COVID-19

    by Torri Wright | March 26th, 2020

    With a wide-spread panic, no one really knows what is going to happen or to come, how can we not panic? How can we confidently tell our children all is well, particularly those who are old enough to see media outlets. In all the years I have been working with children, in schools, private homes, and facilities, this is definitely the most widely panicked I have witnessed professionals becoming and understandably so. I wanted to share a bit about my thoughts as a professional and parent.


  • Podcast: End the Stigma: Autism and Cannabis

    by Torri Wright | March 10th, 2020

    Torri interviews Rhonda Moeller, co-founder of the nonprofit organization WPA4A (Whole Plant Access for Autism). WPA4A is focused on educating families and medical cannabis industry professionals about the science behind & benefits of cannabis for autism, while also helping families understand the complexities of using cannabis as medicine. Because of this, WPA4A has grown to be an amazing support group, giving a place for families to share access to information and connect on just about anything autism-related.


  • Podcast: Inclusion Practices: Building Community

    by Torri Wright | February 18th, 2020

    ​Torri interviews Jason Hobson, the Director of Student Services in Estacada, OR, about his work and perspective around inclusion and creating a sense of community for families who often experience isolation.


  • Multiple Variable Observation Benefits: #7 of Seven Misconceptions Organizations Make When Tracking Behavior

    by Torri Wright | February 12th, 2020

    As we are collecting data, sometimes we get hyper-focused on one thing or the crisis itself and we miss key components that lead up to the dysregulation/crisis. Acknowledging the variables around a person as influencers help us to become more observant take a step back to see a bigger picture. The macro/micro is what I like to call this. When I can look at things from a bird’s eye view, I see the surrounding area and what is pushing one way or another.


  • Trends and Patterns Within Behavior: #6 of Seven Misconceptions Organizations Make When Tracking Behavior

    by Torri Wright | February 5th, 2020

    When we collect on-going data, we begin to see trends or patterns that we otherwise would miss, given the information would be subjective and most often related to the most recent interactions. When individuals struggle with seasonal depression, trauma-related regression, changes in schedules or time changes, these show up clearly in data, over time. For these kinds of trends to be identified one would need to commit to collecting data for, at minimum a year, most effectively two years to have comparative data.


  • Communicating Through Behavior: #5 of Seven Misconceptions Organizations Make When Tracking Behavior

    by Torri Wright | January 29th, 2020

    Sally is a 12-year-old who expresses a high-level of sensory seeking behavior, has notable anxiety related to social situations outside of familiar locations and people, and often recoils, both physically and verbally, when someone new steps within 3 ft or more of her proximity. Her parents have taken her to a variety of professionals, doctors and therapists. The diagnosis Sally currently has is sensory processing disorder with social anxiety and communication disorder. Her parents have struggled to understand what Sally needs, as she is not always able to accurately report. While she has great articulation and vernacular, she struggles with being able to identify her needs or connections to what is influencing her discomfort.


  • Podcast: A Chat with the Founders of BEHCA

    by Torri Wright | January 24th, 2020

    Learn more about the founders of BEHCA, Torri Wright & Michael Krol, as they talk about the development of BEHCA. This process opened their eyes to learning more about each other's worlds and the fascinating discoveries of human behavior.


  • Behavior and The Environment: #4 of Seven Misconceptions Organizations Make When Tracking Behavior

    by Torri Wright | January 22nd, 2020

    The environment is a critical variable, frequently discredited or undervalued in how variations of our environment can impact how we “feel” throughout our day. An example of this would be pollen count increase, along with high winds moving the pollen around. Due to the weather being nice, everyone goes outside to play and get fresh air. For an individual who may be sensitive or even highly sensitive, we are now exposing them to an element that not only will impact how they feel but will have a lasting impact.