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Grafton Native Receives Promotion with Center for Autism and Related Disorders
By Nancy E. Sheppard

CARD imageDavid Wilson, a 24-yearold Grafton native, has received a prestigious promotion with the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (or CARD), along with a transfer to their Virginia Beach center. David’s roots in York County are long reaching and he graduated from Liberty University in 2017 with a degree in General Psychology. Initially, he wanted to pursue research, but came to work for CARD’s Newport News office just over a year ago as a Board Certified Autism Technician (BCAT). David provided direct Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children on the Autism Spectrum and with other related disorders under the supervision of a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA). It was with CARD that David found his niche.

David’s natural talent and devotion to his position was proven as his clients flourished under his tutorage. His supervisors, as well as CARD’s home office in California, recognized David’s aptitude for the highly in demand field and offered him a promotion as a Therapist Liaison at the Virginia Beach office. In addition to continuing his direct therapy work, David is responsible for seeking out and training new therapists. Additionally, it is his job to ensure that clients are receiving quality care from their therapists while also mentoring the therapists on his team. David will soon hold a license as a Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) and has received support from CARD to pursue a graduate program that would allow him to obtain his BCBA as well as become a License Behavior Analyst.

David draws from his experience growing up in York County and his time working with special needs children at his church as inspiration for why he chose to divert his original career plans to find a path in ABA that he truly loves. He also credits his former supervisor at the Newport News CARD office, Aliya Redwine (M.Ed., BCBA, LBA), for her positive mentorship. David says that while working in this field can be emotionally and occupationally challenging, it is also incredibly rewarding.

CARD was founded by Dr. Doreen Granpeesheh, PhD, BCBA-D, in Los Angeles, California, to make ABA therapy more accessible to those on the Autism Spectrum and with other related disorders. ABA is endorsed as the most effective form of therapy for Autism and companies are in need for more therapists like David to provide highly skilled, competent therapy for clients.

Congratulations, David, and may you continue to leave your lasting, positive impact on the clients and families you help!

For more information about CARD, visit their website at http://www.centerforautism.com.

 





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