17 B Caledon Court
Greenville SC 29615
Sarah Hall, BCaBAView Bio
Sarah Hall, BCaBA
As a senior therapist, Mrs. Hall provides program coordination services, monitorship, assessments, supervision, and training for home-based and clinic-based ABA programs.
After earning her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Clemson University in 2010, she moved to Greenville, S.C. and began working as a Line Therapist with the Early Autism Project, Inc. Since then, she has held a variety of positions including Lead Therapist, as well as leading the Initial Line Trainings and Annual Line Trainings.
Mrs. Hall completed her coursework to become board certified in 2014 through the Florida Institute of Technology under Jose Martinez-Diaz, BCBA-D and her clinical mentorship under Sarah Pope, M.S., BCBA. Mrs. Hall resides in Greenville, South Carolina.
Shannon KnisleyView Bio
Greenville Clinic Director
As the Greenville Clinic Director, Ms. Knisely provides assessment, program development, training, and supervision services for families and clinicians in South Carolina.
Ms. Knisely earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown and completed her Masters in Applied Behavior Analysis at Penn State Harrisburg in 2008, under the supervision of Ann Marie Kondrad, MA, BCBA.
Ms. Knisely began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis in 2005. While completing her advanced degree, she provided early intensive behavioral intervention services to children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. Ms. Knisely has also worked as a behavioral consultant for adults diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities in Community Training Homes and adult day programs.
She joined Early Autism Project, Inc. in 2010 and currently resides in Simpsonville, SC.
Mary Wood, M.A., BCBA
Greenville Clinic Director
Christie Penland, M.Ed., Ed.S., BCBAView Bio
VP of Operations
Christie Penland, M.Ed., Ed.S., BCBA
Christie Penland has over 15 years of experience developing and supervising programs for children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In her current position as Vice President of Clinic Operations, she manages the daily operations of the autism division clinic sites. This includes planning, coordinating, and directing a broad range of clinical and administrative services that allow the clinic sites to operate efficiently. She trains and supervises clinic directors to ensure all policies and procedures are being implemented across all clinic sites.
Her responsibilities as Regional Coordinator for the upstate include providing supervision and training to clinicians in her region, overseeing program implementation and quality assurance. Ms. Penland earned both an Education Specialist degree and a Master of Education in counseling degree from the University of South Carolina.
While completing her advanced degrees, Ms. Penland worked as a lead therapist, school shadow, and line therapist in ABA programs for children with autism. Ms. Penland began working with Early Autism Project, Inc. in 1999. Ms. Penland completed the necessary clinical coursework under Dr. Martinez-Diaz, BCBA-D, and a mentorship under Ms. Jennifer Godwin, BCBA to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Ms. Penland resides in Greenville, South Carolina.
Stacy Anders, M.A., BCBAView Bio
Advanced Senior Therapist
Stacy Anders, M.A., BCBA
As an advanced senior therapist, Ms. Anders provides program coordination services, monitorship, assessments, supervision, and training for home and clinic-based ABA programs.
She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Clemson University and holds a Masters of Arts degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Ball State University. She also completed the assistant level Applied Behavior Analysis Graduate Certificate Program at The Pennsylvania State University.
While completing her advanced degrees, she worked as a line and lead therapist in ABA Programs for children with autism. She began working with EAP, Inc. in 2010. Ms. Anders completed her clinical mentorship under Sarah Pope, M.S., BCBA and Christie Penland, M.Ed., Ed.S., BCBA. She resides in the Upstate of South Carolina.
Amy Barwick, M.A., BCBAView Bio
Advanced Senior Therapist
Amy Barwick, M.A., BCBA
As an advanced senior therapist Ms. Barwick provides program coordination services, monitorship, assessments, supervision, and training for home based ABA programs. She began her career in ABA in 2001 by providing line therapy services.
After earning a Master’s degree in General Experimental Psychology from Appalachian State University, she began working as a lead therapist with the Early Autism Project.
Ms. Barwick completed her coursework to become board certified in 2011 through the Florida Institute of Technology under Jose Martinez-Diaz, BCBA-D and her clinical mentorship under Sarah Pope, M.S., BCBA. Ms. Barwick resides in Simpsonville, South Carolina.
Abbott Staggs, MAT, BCBAView Bio
Advanced Senior Therapist and Coordinator of Clinical Education
Abbott Staggs, MAT, BCBA
As an Advanced Senior Therapist, Mr. Staggs provides program coordination services, monitorship, assessments, supervision, and training for home based, clinic based, and school district ABA programs. Mr. Staggs earned his Bachelors of Arts degree in Experimental Psychology from the University of South Carolina, and a Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education with a concentration in Learning Disabilities from the College of Charleston.
Mr. Staggs worked as a middle school special education teacher before refocusing his efforts on the field of Applied Behavior Analysis to work with children with autism spectrum disorders. Mr. Staggs completed the coursework to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) under Dr. Martinez-Diaz, BCBA-D, and the required mentorship under Ann D. Eldridge, M.Ed., BCBA. He resides in Boiling Springs, South Carolina.
To all our Parents, As Irma approaches, we’re thinking of you and your families and we’re here to support you, whether through a community initiative and volunteer work or arranging clinic and therapist support to help you get things done. As the potential for more severe weather events increases during the fall and the arrival View More
One in 68 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The number of Americans with autism is estimated at more than 3.5 million. What does that mean for South Carolina? According to the latest U.S. Census report, there are approximately one million children in View More
By: Jamie Delaney, BCBA, Early Autism Project, Florida Regional Director The holidays are full of family functions, decorations, fun traditions, food and shopping and it’s no surprise juggling everything can often cause a little stress on parents. While parents work hard to keep it all together through the month of December, it’s important to realize View More
By: Lauren Freeney, BCBA, EAP Tampa Clinic Director Fun costumes, trick-or-treating and bags and bags of candy are a few of the many reasons children look forward to Halloween. It’s an exciting day when you are a kid but some of the best parts of the holiday can be behavioral triggers if you are on View More
By: Sarah Pope, MS, BCBA, Assistant Vice President of Staff Development A trip to the hair salon for adults typically includes a relaxing hair wash, an opportunity to catch up on the latest magazines and the wonderful feeling of a fresh, new haircut. However, it is not uncommon for children to be afraid of a View More
By: Jennifer Godwin, M.Ed., BCBA, VP of Program and Clinical Services Preparing children for the start of school can be stressful and this time of year can present additional concerns and fears for children with autism. The good news is a little preparation can help your child address any issues in advance of the View More
An autism spectrum disorder diagnosis affects one in 68 children, equaling millions of children a year. And, a large majority of those diagnosed have brothers and sisters who struggle to not only understand the diagnosis but also how to properly support their sibling with special needs. It is not uncommon for typically developing siblings to View More
Casey Gregory is a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst (BCaBa) and Board Certified Music Therapist who started working at Early Autism Project (EAP) in 2009. As a senior therapist with EAP, Casey trains lead therapists in upstate South Carolina and provides program coordination services, assessments, supervision and training for home-based, clinic-based and school district ABA View More
By: Kelly Taylor, BCaBA, Director of Charleston Clinic School is out and summer is here! This is an exciting time for children but can be a stressful few months for parents who have to create new ways to fill the long days. This time off from school and daily routines can be especially challenging for View More
Let’s Get Physical! By: Casey Gregory, M.A., MT-BC, BCaBA Senior Therapist and Upstate Lead Therapist Trainer Childhood obesity continues to be a rising healthcare concern in our country. According to a research study published in the Harvard Review of Psychiatry, nearly a third of children ages 2-19 are overweight or obese. The Center for Disease View More
Natalie Mason started noticing signs of her son, Demonie Mason, 5, regressing at age 2. Until 2 years old, he was hitting all of his milestones and was ahead in some areas, she said. But then his condition started to change. “At 2 years old, he started to lose all of the things he had View More
Seven Steps To Ensure a Successful Visit By Jennifer Godwin, M.Ed., BCBA, Vice President of Operations, Early Autism Project Routine appointments may seem simple to some parents, but if you have a child with autism, a trip to the dentist can be stressful for both the child and family. By properly preparing for the visit, View More
Overcoming Sleep Problems By Mimi Spruill, BCBA, M.Ed. Early Autism Project Many children (and adults) struggle to get a good night’s sleep. Greg Hanley, BCBA-D, considers poor sleep a skill deficit. Looking at the problem this way helps us see it as more of a behavioral issue. Dr. Hanley suggests that the path to better View More
By Sarah Pope, M.S., BCBA Have you ever been in an unusual situation and experienced a breakdown in your child’s behavior due to what you suspect may be because the activity was new and unfamiliar? Before going into difficult situations or new environments, take time to talk to your child about how you expect him/her View More
By Mimi Spruill, BCBA Director of Academics Long ago when I was a classroom teacher, I learned the wisdom of keeping a visual timer in my classroom. As a behavior analyst, I continue to recommend that parents use this device as an integral part of their child’s behavior plan. A visual timer can play an View More
By: Lauren Freeney & Jacqui Abrams Halloween can be fun. Children and adults have the opportunity to dress up as their favorite people or characters, and there are lots of cool activities to do with your friends and family. Halloween can sometimes be challenging for children with autism. Here are a few tips for parents View More
To our EAP Families and Staff, As the sun rises, we assess the damage across the state and we begin our recovery together. I am saddened at the loss our communities have endured but hopeful for our future. I want all our families and staff to know they are not alone during this time. People View More
Educational Services of America looks to early intervention to address the nation’s fastest-growing developmental disorder – autism. According to statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in 68 children falls somewhere on the autism spectrum. The fastest-growing developmental disorder in the United States, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is almost five times more View More
The Early Autism Project (EAP), a sponsor for our 2014 Lowcountry Autism Forum, has branches in South Carolina and Georgia, with a local Charleston clinic too. The organization offers behavioral treatment and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy for individuals with autism aged 20 months – 21 years. This week, LAC talked to Ann Eldridge, EAP’s View More