Andrea Waks is the Site Director and Director of Client Services at Autism Partnership. She began working with children with autism in the late 1970s at UCLA on the Young Autism Project, where she served as a Senior Therapist, Research Assistant, and Teaching Assistant. Andi has worked with Drs. Leaf and McEachin on the Young Autism Project, the Behavior Therapy and Learning Center, Straight Talk, and Autism Partnership. She earned her Masters Degree in General Psychology at Pepperdine University in 1983 and returned to school in 1993 to pursue a law degree. She practiced special education law, representing families of children with autism, before returning to Autism Partnership full-time. She consults with families and school districts both locally and nationally.
Jon continues to build on his 30 years of clinical experience in the field of ABA. He works with children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and supervises therapy teams to better provide treatment to this highly individualized population. He graduated from UCLA in 1988 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and then, in 1991, earned his master’s degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University. In 1992, he began work at the May Institute in Chatham, Massachusetts, eventually running one of the off-campus group homes serving students dramatically impacted with ASD. Jon joined Autism Partnership in 1995, where he is currently a Curriculum Developer. In addition to this role, he provides advanced training, mentoring, and supervision to ABA-service providers and teaching staff within school districts across the country. He has presented both nationally and internationally at conferences on Applied Behavior Analysis, and continues consulting and supervising families, program staff and school district personnel throughout the United States, Australia and Asia.
Leticia Palos-Rafuse (Lety) has been with Autism Partnership since 1996. Her experience implementing intensive ABA programs for children with autism spectrum disorder spans twenty-seven years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Special Education, from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles then went on to receive her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. Lety has contributed to various publications while at Autism Partnership and has also presented at professional conferences within the field. She has consulted to school districts, families and other related agencies both nationally and internationally. As a consultant for Autism Partnership, Lety has worked within the Maui school district teaching and providing on-site continuous management of a pre-school model classroom program while training district employees. Additionally, she has co-taught an elementary school model classroom in Orange County, providing ongoing mentoring and training to Autism Partnership personnel and school district staff. Among her various roles, Lety’s primary responsibility is as Autism Partnership’s Staff Development Coordinator, ensuring all agency staff are well trained to provide the highest quality services for all AP clients and families. Moreover, she has a deep passion for helping children on the autism spectrum discover the power of language by identifying speech difficulties and devising the best plan to address these issues and allow kids to soar!
Jeremy started his teaching career as a special education teacher in the middle school setting. While teaching Jeremy earned his master’s degree in special education at Loyal Marymount University, and has since earned his BCBA. Jeremy has worked at Autism Partnership since 2009 and works as an international consultant, school consultant, provides staff training, develops curriculum for students, works with children on an individual basis, has presented at international ABA conferences, and has published research articles as part of the Autism Partnership Foundation research team.
Marlene Driscoll is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist specializing in supporting individuals and families impacted by ASD. She has more than 20 years of experience in the field of developmental disabilities and currently directs the counseling department at Autism Partnership in Seal Beach. She has brought her knowledge of Applied Behavior Analysis and ASD together with her therapeutic training to provide counseling services for children, adolescents and adults. She has consulted with families and school districts throughout the United States and Internationally.
Rick began his career in 1992 as an undergraduate at the Young Autism Project at UCLA under the supervision of Dr. Ivar Lovaas. He spent 2 years at the project finishing his time as a supervising student therapist. Following his time at UCLA, Rick joined Autism Partnership at its inception in 1994. Under the tutelage of Dr. Ronald Leaf, Dr. John McEachin, and Dr.
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