Early Autism Project Opens Second Clinic in Columbia

Date: July 11, 2016

Columbia, SC., May 11, 2016 — Early Autism Project (EAP), Inc., today announced it is accepting clients at its second Columbia clinic, which includes a Teen Center to support the needs of clients over the age of 12. The new clinic is located at 1048 Wildewood Centre Drive in Northeast Columbia and an open house will be held on May 14, 2016 from 12-3pm. EAP offers the highest quality of intensive, research-based behavioral treatment for children and young adults between the ages of 20 months and 21 years with autism spectrum and related disorders.

For more than a decade, EAP has been a leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, which is widely recognized as an effective, evidence-based treatment for autism. EAP provides ABA services to families across the country. ABA is endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General and American Academy of Pediatrics as the treatment of choice for autism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in 68 children has been identified with an autism spectrum disorder. ABA therapy is covered by many private and government insurance providers.

“We opened our first clinic in Columbia in 2011 and a second location allows us to provide more children throughout our area with life-changing ABA therapy and gives us the unique opportunity to include a designated center to meet the needs and interests of our teens,” said Ann Eldridge, EAP executive vice president and chief operating officer. “We serve more than 200 children throughout Columbia and five percent are over the age of 12. Offering our teens a place designed specifically for them allows us to focus on developing important life and social skills to help them reach their full potential as they enter adulthood.”

Jacqui Abrams, Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), has worked for EAP for almost eight years and will serve as director of the new clinic. “We are expanding our services because we understand our teens and young adults have different needs and interests. The space allows our older clients to express themselves and their interests, and to learn skills using age appropriate tools,” Abrams said. “At our clinic, we will be able to offer opportunities to work on self-help, daily living skills, job skills and social skills on an individualized basis.”

The new clinic is 4,000 square feet and the Teen Center will occupy approximately half of the building. The rest of the space will accommodate a traditional EAP clinic, including a large therapeutic play area and individual therapy rooms with skill-building games, books and computers for children under 12.

In South Carolina, EAP operates two clinics in Columbia as well as clinics in Anderson, Greenville, Charleston, Rock Hill and Sumter and the organization serves more than 700 children throughout the state. Several new clinics in South Carolina will be opening soon including Beaufort, Florence and Spartanburg. To learn more, visit www.EarlyAutismProject.com or contact Jacqui Abrams at 803-791-3722 or jabrams@earlyautismproject.com.

About EAP

EAP provides ABA therapy, which is widely recognized as an effective, evidence-based treatment for autism and is covered by many private and government insurance providers, including TRICARE, for children and young adults between the ages of 20 months and 21 years with autism spectrum and related disorders. EAP provides comprehensive services to children and their families in their homes, in EAP clinics, in schools and at or near military bases throughout the country. For more information, visit www.EarlyAutismProject.com.

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