Karla Maldonado, BA, Director of Operations 

Karla Maldonado


B.A. Communication Science--Mass Communications/Media Studies
Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (2001)

Annual Autism Society National Conference (2012)

Autism Treatments and Biomedical Research MAPS Conference (2012)

Exploring Key Social Communication Concepts (Michelle Garcia Winner 2013)

Social Detective, Superflex®, and Friends Take on Social Emotional Learning
(Michelle Garcia Winner 2014)

Implementing Social Thinking Concepts and Vocabulary  
(Michelle Garcia Winner & Dr. Pamela Crooke 2015)

Teaching Social Thinking to Early Learners; Training in Informal Dynamic Social Thinking (Michelle Garcia Winner 2016)

Assessment and Core Treatment Strategies for Home and School (Dr. Pamela Crooke 2016)

Problem Solving with Students: Two Different Sets of Strategies. (Dr. Ross Greene 2017)

Using Collaborative & Proactive Solutions in Tandem with Social Thinking to Solve
Problems and Teach New Skills (Michelle Garcia Winner & Dr. Ross Greene) 2017

LRP 39th Conference in Dallas, TX, April, 2018

COPAA Conference in Monterey, CA, March, 2018

Awarded Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates Special Education Advocacy Training Class Certificate, 2017-18.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) training on Reading Methodologies, Spring, 2018

Special Education Law and Advocacy Series (SELAS), 2018


Special Education Advocate in Private Practice (2013-Present)

Director of Operations, Advocacy Associates, Inc. June, 2018

Karla Maldonado is fluent in both spoken and written Spanish and English. She is a uniquely qualified Consultant and Advocate because of her experience working with
families facing a wide range of challenges. She understands the day to day struggles of trying to care for a child who has a handicapping condition while trying to deal with obtaining services from government agencies for that child. She also understands the impact that an inappropriate school program has on the child and his/her family and how it can hurt the student and waste their time.

She has first-hand experience in dealing with the Special Education process as she is the parent of two children who require Special Education services. Because of their struggles, she decided to help other parents and caregivers through the complex world of understanding and obtaining appropriate services. In the course of her career, Karla has sought and obtained specialized training in many areas related to her client’s Special Education diagnoses including:  Social Emotional Learning, Social Thinking, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Dyslexia, Early Intervention and ADHD.  Karla was accepted into the program for and has obtained training in Special Education Advocacy through the year-long class taught by the Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates.  She has experience in advocating during IEP and 504 Plan meetings; consulting with parents, school district staff and professionals in the community regarding students’ special needs; the organization and maintenance of Special Education files for optimum record keeping; and the preparation and strategizing for cases that may need to move into Due Process.

Currently, Karla is responsible for screening and selecting new clients, maintaining client relations, attending IEP and 504 Plan meetings, and coordinating Advocate work activities. 


International Dyslexia Association (IDA)

Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates (COPAA)

San Diego Autism Society

National Association for Parents and Special Education Advocates (NAPSEA)