Aracelia Rodriguez, MS, BCBA, joins Transformations in June 2017

By |May 5th, 2017|Categories: Updates|Tags: |

Aracelia Rodriguez, MS, BCBA

Aracelia Rodriguez is returning to Memphis in June to join the family of behavior analysts providing services at Transformations Autism Treatment Center.

You are returning to Memphis, how long did you live here?

I lived there for about 24 years prior to leaving.

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

I attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS and I was a Psychology major.  

Where did you attend school for your graduate program and what was your major? 

I attended Auburn University for my Masters and majored in Applied Behavior Analysis

When did you graduate?

I graduated from the University of Mississippi in the spring of 2011 and from Auburn University in the fall of 2014

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

To see the difference ABA can make for an individual, family, and other caregivers is joyous. 

How long and where have you worked with individuals on the spectrum?

As an undergraduate and graduate student I was able to work with individuals on the spectrum in a variety of settings.  For the last 3 years I’ve been in middle Georgia working with adults with developmental disabilities for a community service provider. 

What brought you to Transformations?

Since I am originally from the Memphis area, Memphis is home for me.  I reviewed a variety of opportunities to work as a Behavior Analyst in the Memphis area and really loved the mission that Executive Director Tracy Palm spoke about.  It’s inspiring.

What age group do you like to work with?

I’ve worked with individuals from 3 years old to end of life.  I enjoy working with all ages. 

What is the best thing about being a BCBA?

Behavior analysis is not just one part of my life; I can see it everywhere and in everything.  I think it’s amazing and have an appreciation for the work. 

What do you find most interesting about your job?

When someone I work with learns something new or does something unexpected.  The ones I work with are always surprising me and this brings me joy. 

What excites you every day about going to work?

I enjoy working with people and helping them work towards positive and life changing goals. 

Aracelia is excited about returning to Memphis and working at Transformations.  If you would like to learn more about services at Transformations or have Aracelia work with your child, please contact 901-379-8827

 

Join TATC in welcoming our newest BCBA April Acosta

By |May 5th, 2017|Categories: Updates|Tags: |

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.

 

 

 

 

Speaker’s Presentations for MAC 2017 are Available

By |April 26th, 2017|Categories: Updates|Tags: , , |

http://www.midsouthautismconference.com/speaker-presentations/

The Mystic Krewe of Pegasus Memphis donates $29,263.49 to Transformations

By |April 10th, 2017|Categories: Updates|Tags: |

We wish to extend our appreciation to the Mystic Krewe of Pegasus for choosing Transformations as their charity for 2016/2017.  At this year’s check presentation party, Transformations was presented a check in the amount of $29, 263.49!  This is the largest single donation to Transformations to date.

King Pegasus XIII, Lee Goins & Queen Pegasus XIII, Becky Rachels, selected Transformations as their charity in April 2016. Since that time the entire Krewe worked tirelessly to raise funds for Transformations doing various events throughout the year that culminated in the Mardi Gras Ball on January 28, 2017 at Minglewood Hall.  

We appreciate each Krewe member for their hard work.  

Plaques were given to Lee Goins, Becky Rachels, and the Krewe in appreciation for their work throughout the 2016/2017 year.  Pictured right to left, John Holtzman, TATC Director of Development, Becky Rachels, Queen Pegasus XIII, Lee Goins, King Pegasus XIII, and Tracy Palm, TATC Executive Director.

This donation will help us help more families and children affected by autism in our community.