Dr. Mapy Chavez has spent the past 20 years dedicating her life to working with children with Autism. Mapy is Peruvian but received her higher education in the United States finishing with a PhD from Columbia University in Applied Behavior Analysis and Autism Education. She has now returned to Peru and opened an early intervention center for children with Autism in Lima, Alcanzando.
Why I am so excited about this? Well, there is an Autism and Behavior specialist in our back yard, well, an hour flight away, who can help me train our staff. Our reputation for Education for Autism is growing rapidly and I need help to train teachers on quality standards of education and behavior principals.
Mapy and I have been talking about this arrangement for over a year and finally made it happen! April 29 and 30 Mapy spent 2 intensive days working within the classrooms and training staff on the theory of principals in the afternoons.
It was an amazing experience, very intense and now we have a lot of work to do! I am very grateful for this partnership and we will be exploring ways to fund further extensive training in the future.
-Celeste Marion, Co-Founder/Executive Director