Show Notes

Discover what’s possible when connection builds confidence. 

Our guests this week are Gary Jesch and Leslie Baldwin. Gary is a live animation performer and the founder of Invirtua, a telehealth learning service that uses animated avatars to interact with autistic children. Leslie is Invirtua’s Senior Partner as well as a member of their Board of Advisors. She was previously a manager and special educator at Texas Children's Hospital. 


In today’s conversation, we discuss:

  • Gary’s inspiration for designing his characters

  • Example goals they might target in a session

  • Generalizing skills into everyday life 

  • Academic research that utilizes Invirtua’s technology

  • Tips for parents wanting to improve the lives of their autistic children 

Gary and Leslie also demonstrate a live interaction with one of Invirtua’s avatars, a fish named Marley. 

To learn more about Gary, Leslie, and Invirtua, please visit


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