Ms. Leticia Palos-Rafuse

Leticia Palos-Rafuse (Lety) has been with Autism Partnership since 1996. Her experience implementing intensive ABA programs for children with autism spectrum disorder spans twenty-eight years. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology, with a minor in Special Education, from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles then went on to receive her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from St. Cloud State University, Minnesota. Lety has contributed to various publications while at Autism Partnership and has also presented at professional conferences within the field. She has consulted to school districts, families and other related agencies both nationally and internationally. As a consultant for Autism Partnership, Lety has worked within the Maui school district teaching and providing on-site continuous management of a pre-school model classroom program while training district employees. Additionally, she has co-taught an elementary school model classroom in Orange County, providing ongoing mentoring and training to Autism Partnership personnel and school district staff. Among her various roles, Lety’s primary responsibility is as Autism Partnership’s Staff Development Coordinator, ensuring all agency staff are well trained to provide the highest quality services for all AP clients and families. Moreover, she has a deep passion for helping children on the autism spectrum discover the power of language by identifying speech difficulties and devising the best plan to address these issues and allow kids to soar!