3217 S. MacDill Avenue
Tampa FL 33629
Arica Bolechala, M.A., BCBAView Bio
Arica Bolechala, M.A., BCBA
As a coordinator at the Tampa Clinic, Ms. Bolechala works 1:1 with clients and provides supervision and training for Line Therapists. Ms. Bolechala earned her Master’s in applied behavior analysis from the University of South Florida in 2010.
Throughout her time in the master’s program she worked with adults in a group homes setting and with children providing in home and clinical services. Upon graduating she continued working with adults until 2013. In 2013, she began expanding her knowledge of children with autism by becoming the clinical director for an early autism clinic/ABA centered school. Ms. Bolechala began working for EAP in 2014.
Trisha Gorgol, M.S., BCBAView Bio
Trisha Gorgol, M.S., BCBA
As a senior therapist, Ms.Gorgol provides program coordination services, monitorship, assessments, supervision, and training for home and clinic-based ABA programs.
Mrs. Gorgol earned her Master of Science degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Florida Institute of Technology under Dr. Jose Martinez-Diaz, BCBA-D. She began her career in Applied Behavior Analysis twelve years ago working in home and school based ABA programs. Mrs. Gorgol resides in Tampa, Florida.
Jamie Delaney, M.S., BCBAView Bio
Tampa Regional Coordinator
Jamie Delaney, M.S., BCBA
As the Tampa Regional Coordinator, Ms. Delaney provides program development, training, and supervision services for both families and school districts in the Tampa Bay area.
Ms. Delaney earned her undergraduate degree in both Clinical Psychology and Child Development from Tufts University, as well as a Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis from Northeastern University. While completing her advanced degrees, Ms. Delaney worked in an intensive ABA residential school as a one on one behavior therapist, lead therapist, and group home supervisor in ABA programs for children and adults with autism and other developmental disabilities as well as severe challenging behaviors.
Ms. Delaney also has extensive experience supervising home and clinic based programs, as well as consulting in schools and providing training and support to teachers. Ms. Delaney began working with EAP as a Senior Therapist in 2014. She resides in Tampa, Florida.
Lauren Freeney M.S., BCBAView Bio
Tampa Clinic Director
Lauren Freeney M.S., BCBA
As the Tampa Clinic Director, Ms. Freeney provides program development, training and supervision services for families. She also provides training and support for other clinical staff. Ms. Freeney began working with EAP in 2013.
She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Auburn University. She received her Master of Science degree at Auburn University through the Psychology department, with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis of Developmental Disabilities. Ms. Freeney began working with children with autism in 2007 as a line therapist providing ABA services at an EIBI preschool.
Throughout her graduate studies, Ms. Freeney worked as a case manager at a residential facility for adolescents and adults. She also taught a course for parents in Lee County, Alabama called “The Tools of Choice;” which was a curriculum for parents based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis. In addition, Ms. Freeney worked as a case manager at an EIBI preschool.
Ms. Freeney previously worked at a residential facility for adolescents and adults with severe problem behavior, where she worked to eliminate problem behaviors and increase adaptive living skills, communication skills and other important areas of skill acquisition. Ms. Freeney completed the necessary clinical coursework and mentorship under Dr. James E. Carr, Ph.D., BCBA-D and Dr. Linda LeBlanc, Ph.D, BCBA-D at Auburn University to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. Ms. Freeney currently lives in Tampa, Florida.
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
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
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
Hello. My name is Liz and my son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder at age 12 – more specifically, he has Asperger’s Syndrome. My son’s name is Chris and he will turn 15 in August 2015. By the time my son was four, he was routinely beating up on his teachers – biting, kicking, View More
Clinic provides children with autism spectrum and related disorders with effective, evidence-based treatment For Immediate Release Tampa, Fla. March 26, 2014 — Early Autism Project (EAP), Inc., today announced it is accepting clients for its new clinic, which will open in early June at 3217 S. MacDill Ave. EAP offers the highest quality of intensive, View More
They say that if you’ve seen one child who has autism, well, you’ve seen one child who has autism. While each child is unique, families with children who have autism share common challenges, goals and dreams – and they overcome obstacles in their own unique way. We are one of those families. My son, Christian, View More
Tampa, Fla. (July 17, 2013) — Early Autism Project, Inc., (EAP), a leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy to children who have autism spectrum disorders, has named Julie Reyes Military Family Liaison. EAP provides services to families across the country and offers military families comprehensive, TRICARE-approved services at or near their bases. EAP is View More