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For Immediate Release

New Director of Autism Services

Leica Anzaldo promotes autism awareness and acceptance.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 11, 2016

Easter Seals UCP welcomes Leica Anzaldo, Director of Autism Services in Charlotte.  She joined the autism team three months ago and with Autism Awareness Month is actively promoting awareness and acceptance.

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In recent years, she has worked as a Lead BCBA and Trainer for the Autism Society of NC where she was on staff for 19 years.  As a master trainer, Leica educated families and professionals in best practices in autism treatment.  This included training in Early Intervention for the Dept. of Public Instruction, several schools systems, Vocational Rehabilitation, Dept. of Juvenile Justice, Social Services and many other community members.  Leica also has experience as a keynote and speaker at many conferences lecturing on the practices of ABA and TEACCH methodologies, developing and supporting social skills, functional behavior assessment, functional communication and considerations in adult services. In addition, Leica has several years experience developing individual treatment plans utilizing ABA and supervised several Behavior Technician staff in the home, school and community.

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She is passionate about helping children and adults with autism live, learn, work and play.  In Charlotte, a new autism initiative is underway and will provide behavioral therapies and ABA skill building services to children and adults with autism at their home, school, and in the autism center on Marsh Rd in Charlotte.  The program will provide families with the opportunity to learn about their loved ones autism and how to most effectively support their child utilizing ABA interventions through intensive family training, as well as coaching and continued support in the home.  

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Autism Service are open to individuals 18 months through adulthood.  Leica will design individualized ABA based treatment plans and supervise 1:1 interventions delivered by Registered Behavior Technicians.  In addition to 1:1 services, small group services will be available.  Center based services are used only to identify target behaviors and target specific skills in a controlled environment with the goal being to quickly generalize those skills to the individuals' natural environment.  The Center will also provide children with the opportunity to develop classroom and social behaviors using a classroom model setting.  Ongoing social skills groups will also be provided at the Center throughout the year.

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The autism services will expand to Wilmington, Fayetteville and the Triangle area where Easter Seals UCP is already supporting many individuals with ASD.

For fun, Leica likes to play sports with her two boys, go to the gym, boat and wake surf on Lake Norman with her family.  

Reach out to Leica for more information:leica.anzaldo@eastersealsucp.com

Learn more about Easter Seals UCP Autism Services.

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