April Acosta, MS, BCBA

April has been part of the Transformations family since August, 2015, doing her practicum training and becoming a Registered Behavior Technician.  Upon successful completion of her board exam in February, April became a Board Certified Behavior Analyst.  

How long have you lived in Memphis?

I have lived in Memphis my entire life.  I have thought of moving several times but real estate is affordable in Memphis, the cost of living is low, and it’s just a wonderful place to live. 

Where did you attend college for undergraduate studies and what was your major?

I graduated from The University of Memphis in 2005.  I have a Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages.  Spanish was my major.

Where did you attend school for your graduate program? 

I attended grad school at The University of Memphis. 

What was your major and when did you graduate?

Master of Arts in Teaching 2012

Master of Arts (English major with an ESL concentration) 2015

Master of Science (major- ICL with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis) 2016

What did you do before being a behavior analyst?

I was a high school teacher.  Prior to that I worked as a pharmacy technician for 10 years.

What caused you to become interested in working with individuals on the autism spectrum?

I had a student in my Spanish class who was Autistic.  When his father asked me about his progress in my class I didn’t know what to tell him.  That was the first time that I, as a teacher, found myself unable to help a student.  I had no training in Special Education so I took it upon myself to go back to school so that I could learn how to help individuals with special needs.

What brought you to Transformations?

As a teacher I learned the autism population is not receiving the attention it deserves.  I want to help bring awareness to the community about autism and treatment options.  Transformations is unique because there aren’t a lot of places of its kind in the Mid-South. 

What is the best thing about being a BCBA?

I like being able to help my clients and their families.  I also have a tremendous amount of empathy for parents of children with special needs.  I don’t know what it is like to have a child with autism but I did have a son who battled leukemia until he eventually lost his fight.  One day my life was perfectly normal.  The next day I was at St. Jude trying to figure out what was going on with my child.  I had to sit back and watch my child try his best to fit in with my friend’s children because all he wanted to do was be just like them, but he wasn’t.  Being able to help children and families I think is the best thing about being a BCBA.

What do you find most interesting about your job?

This one is tough because I have more than one thing.  To narrow it down I’d say the most interesting thing is watching the clients’ behaviors improve right before my eyes. 

What excites you every day about going to work?

I have five year goals, one year goals, and a daily goal.  My daily goal is to make a difference in someone’s life.  The founder of Transformations is concrete proof that one person can make a difference in the lives of others.  I look forward to going to work because I’m excited about making a difference.

April has two sons, one who is 20 and one who is 8.  April enjoys doing DIY projects.  Among those projects she has taught herself to replace the carpet with hardwood flooring in a home she bought that was a foreclosure.  She also enjoys flowers, gardening, and sewing her own clothes. 

We are excited to have April as our newest BCBA who is also able to work with all of our clients including our Spanish speaking families.  If you are interested in learning more about services or having April work with your child, please contact 901-379-8827.