Marizela earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Lake Forest College. She has worked with many families and children in the Social Services field for over eleven years. She has worked with children with profound physical and developmental disabilities with an emphasis on children with (ASD) Autism Spectrum Disorder. Prior to working in IPI, Marizela worked as a T.A. in the Early Childhood Autism Academy through JCFS Chicago for two and a half years, which was based on the TEACCH method. Previous experience also includes work and internships at Laremont-SEDOL (Special Education District of Lake County), Arden Shore Child and Family Services and KGH Consultation and Treatment, Inc. In August 2010, Marizela began working in the IPI program as a skill building Paraprofessional. Currently, Marizela works with children and families in order to implement programs developed by certified IPI therapists. She sees clients in their homes, communities or on-site in the clinic. Some of the interventions she provides include: discrete trial, behavior management and modification, sensory integration, while also focusing on communication methods (i.e. oral, visuals, PECS), ADL’S (Assisted Daily Living Skills) and social skill building exercises. Marizela is also certified through the Illinois State Board of Education as a Paraprofessional and also bilingual being certified through Illinois Early Intervention Program, as both an Interpreter and Translator in English and Spanish languages. As a parent of three, she also strives to maximize the potential of each child and advocate for them alongside their families. Marizela has been with JCFS Chicago since February 2008.