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    Coming to Terms: Secondary Trauma

    by Torri Wright | February 27th, 2019

    In this episode, Torri covers Secondary Trauma; a trauma where another person who witnesses or supports traumatic situations, ends up experiencing trauma of their own. As parents, care providers, or even professionals, we often fail to recognize the long-term effects traumatic situations can pose on our own health and regulation. Prolonged exposure to traumatic situations can cause chronic stress, anxiety, fatigue, and depression, impacting our health and well-being.


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    Normalizing Neurodiversity

    by Torri Wright | February 18th, 2019

    Meet Mary--a college student, aspiring author, fashion designer, and artist. I first met Mary way back when she was in the sixth-grade. Over the years, I’ve had the pleasure of witnessing Mary grow and evolve. She has taught me a lot about navigating adolescence, and now young adulthood, as a girl/woman on the autism spectrum. Mary’s sense of humor, insights about her educational experience, and unique way of seeing the world through a neurodiverse lens is both inspiring and thought-provoking.


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    Parenting a Child with Challenging Behavior

    by Torri Wright | January 30th, 2019

    ​Parenting a child is one of the hardest roles we play as adults. No matter how prepared we think we are, our lives forever change the moment they enter our world. Now imagine that same experience with a child who has complex needs or challenging behavior--it forces us to discover superpowers we maybe never knew we had.


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    Coming to Terms: Co-Regulation

    by Torri Wright | January 16th, 2019

    Torri dives into Co-Regulation; a term that came up recently in our conversation with Dr. Henson, discussing trauma-informed care (episode 2). Here’s a bit of background on co-regulation, so you will have a better idea of what it looks like and why it’s important to always keep in mind. One way to define co-regulation is as the conscious shifting of one's own physical & emotional response in order to support another person who has become dysregulated (e.g., not in control of their emotions or body).


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    Trauma-Informed Care

    by Torri Wright | January 2nd, 2019

    ​Traumatic events affect each of us in unique and varied ways. They can have lasting impacts on our neurological pathways, influencing how we later respond or react to our environment, resulting in increased agitation, hypersensitivity, hyper-focused/aroused, or shut-down responses. Trauma-informed practices offer a different perspective in looking at behavior.


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    Introducing the See Beyond Behavior Podcast

    by Torri Wright | November 28th, 2018

    ​Behavior consultant and author Torri Wright provides a unique glimpse into the world of complex and challenging behavior. Over the past 20 years, she has worked as a special education teacher, behavior consultant, author, and business owner. In that time, she has witnessed countless situations where people fixate on bad behaviors. They often make assumptions, instead of taking a few steps back to see what the function of the behavior is or simply what it might be communicating.