LEADERSHIP

At WeTherapy, we aid the development of children with Autism – and train their families –
by providing ABA services throughout South Florida.

Our team of clinicians is comprised of skilled professionals, overseen by leaders specialized in the treatment of Autism Spectrum Disorder through the use of Applied Behavior Analysis.

Our diverse and experienced clinicians come from many educational and cultural backgrounds, but most importantly, the clinicians at WeTherapy share a unified vision— a field of Applied Behavior Analysis that provides quality services to families via a unified group of professionals.

Aileen Maderal

Regional Clinical Director
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What is the most important things you want families to know when they begin services with WeTherapy?

At WeTherapy our focus is to treat each child as an individual. Our focus is to learn how your child learns through the use of Applied Behavior Analysis. Our Individualized programming, results in the development of the most appropriate plan for each child. Ensuring that each child reaches their maximum potential.

How did you become interested in ABA/working with children, etc?

At a young age I knew I wanted to work with children. While in Elementary school, I studied ASL and volunteered to assist multiple ESE classrooms. Once I had to choose a career for myself, I became focused on making a larger impact in the community. I can recall thinking “I want to make a difference, but I didn’t know how’. During my third year at FIU I took my first ABA course and started an internship with one of the few companies open then. I felt extremely challenged. Holding a child’s future in your hands is an overwhelming feeling of responsibility. I endured my worries and started my first case. After working with my first client, I knew that my work had impacted the child’s entire family. The difference I made with that child was not at a large scale, but unexpectedly, it was enough for me to know I would never do anything else but practice ABA. The impact I made was bidirectional, it was personal, and it was real. I was driven to continue touching lives through the use of ABA.

What brought you to the South Florida area?

I was born and raised in Miami. Growing up and providing services in the same area has allowed me to connect with the community. The cultural diversity in Miami has played a large role in the development of my professional bilingual abilities. It has also provided me with exposure to various culturally specific values and beliefs.

What experiences brought you to WeTherapy?

After becoming a BCaBA, I searched for a new company to provide me with professional growth. I was working for a smaller company and felt I needed to continue growing professionally. I knew Adam Ventura, the founder of WeTherapy as he was my professor at FIU. Knowing that Adam was a professor at FIU placed more value in working alongside him and made it an easy decision to onboard with WeTherapy.

What further drove your connection to this community?

As I continued to work in the field of ABA, I was exposed mostly to children on the ASD spectrum. Many of my clients were non-verbal or Early Intervention cases. The focus for these cases was to immediately increase functional communication. When a child has no voice, no form of communication, and you provide them with one, there are no words to express the feeling. The child’s gratitude is truly expressed through their behavior. Enduring the challenging moments and focusing on the positive outcomes is what drove me to want a deeper connection to this community.

What is your passion outside of work?

My family is my world. Finding the balance between my two passions, ABA and my family, is how I spend most of my time off. I have a small, but united, Hispanic family that loves being together. Sharing unforgettable moments with my loved ones is where my heart is. Whether its running to soccer with my son, dancing to silly music with my daughter, or simply watching a movie with my mom, there is no better place to be. I am determined to be the best mother, daughter, sister, and wife, which ultimately has made me a better Behavior Analyst.

Alexandria Cortes-Hernandez

Area Clinical Director
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What is the most important things you want families to know when they begin services with WeTherapy?

I want our families to know that we care for them and their children and it is our goal to provide the most effective services by supporting our staff, listening to their concerns, and setting goals that best fit the needs of our clients. We know that there are many ABA companies out there and we want to show the families that they made the right choice coming to us by providing quality ABA services with well trained staff.

How did you become interested in ABA/working with children, etc?

My brother first introduced me to the field of ABA when I was graduating high school. I volunteered at a specialized school for kids with disabilities in Miami and absolutely loved it. And even though I had several different majors from engineering, to business, to women studies, I always found myself looking for opportunities to work with people with disabilities. I finally did find myself working as a behavior therapist for an agency in Miami and realizing I wanted to do this full time. I applied and was accepted to Florida State University and have loved every minute of it.

What brought you to the South Florida area?

I am originally from Puerto RIco and knew I wanted to stay somewhere warm that had a lot of diversity. I like that I am still able to travel back to Puerto Rico relatively easily and would love the opportunity to provide services to people in need back home.

What experiences brought you to WeTherapy?

Every year in grad school, FSU hosts a job fair for companies from all over the country so that all grad students have an opportunity to meet employers and learn about different agencies before graduating from the program. At the job fair, I met Heather, Janet, and Adam, the executive team from WeTherapy (Automaticity at the time). I love the way they talked about the company and how passionate they were about it too. I also sought out advice from my mentors and professors at school to see what they thought about the companies I was considering. WeTherapy seemed like the best fit for me.

What further drove your connection to this community?

I think FSU really fostered a sense of community with all the alumni from the ABA program. We are always meeting up at conferences. It has been really inspiring seeing the people I met while at grad school becoming so involved in the field and speaking up about ABA, diversity, gender and family issues etc. I feel that there is a lot of encouragement to grow in the field and I feel so lucky that I was able to find mentors that truly motivated me to always do better.

What is your passion outside of work?

I am very passionate about my family. I am very close to my family and try to connect with them as much as I can when I have time. I am constantly trying to find a good work/life balance so that I can genuinely enjoy time with my family and spend actual quality time with them. If I am not at work, you can probably find me at home playing games, doing crafts or baking with my 4 year old daughter.

Janet Vasquez

Executive Director
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What is the most important things you want families to know when they begin services with WeTherapy?

Progress in ABA therapy is a group effort. To produce significant and meaningful behavior change, it is important that caregivers work closely with their behavior analyst and behavior therapist. Doing so will ensure that the treatment plan developed for their child will be carried out as prescribed, and therefore, will be the most efficacious. It is also important for families to be patient throughout the treatment plan cycle. Behavior change is not a linear process; it has ups and downs. It takes time, but with consistency and patience, change will be on the horizon.

What is your passion outside of work?

Behavior analysis is my first passion, but yoga is a very close second! I have been a yogi for many years, and it’s taught me so many amazing life lessons that I carry with me every day. In addition to behavior analysis and yoga, I love to travel with the love of my life and my toy poodle, who I affectionate call “my Chi”.

How did you become interested in ABA/working with children, etc?

I became interested in ABA during the sophomore year of my undergraduate studies. At the time, I was managing a language development research lab and thought I was on my way to becoming a speech pathologist. However, while I was serving as the President of the Psychology Association at Florida Atlantic University, the Communications Officer told me about a wonderful clinic that provided ABA therapy to children with autism, so I decided to apply and start their training program. It was instant love! From that point forward, I knew I wanted to pursue a career in Applied Behavior Analysis. Its been 20 years since that moment, and to this day, I am so grateful that someone took the time to tell me about that life-changing opportunity!

What brought you to the South Florida area?

I was born in Chicago, but my family moved to South Florida when I was 10 years old. I grew up in the area and pursued my undergraduate and graduate degrees in the area. I would definitely say that my roots are firmly planted in South Florida.

What experiences brought you to WeTherapy?

After working in the field for approximately 10 years, myself and another behavior analyst saw a need for more companies that had a razor focus on quality and ethics, so we decided to come together to start WeTherapy.

What further drove your connection to this community?

We have been so fortunate to work with such passionate and amazing people at WeTherapy! Together, we have built a strong verbal community of behavior analysts that have made the company what it is today. It is in these people that I have found support, compassion and enormous personal and professional growth.