EAP History
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EAP History

Early Autism Project (EAP), Inc., is part of ChanceLight™ Behavioral Health & Education, the nation’s leading provider of behavioral health and education solutions for children and young adults. We change the direction of children’s lives by offering them the opportunity to create successful, independent futures.

Early Autism Project 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. EAP provides comprehensive services to children and their families in their homes, in EAP clinics and in schools throughout the country.

EAP is a leading provider of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy, which is widely recognized as an effective, evidence-based treatment for autism and is endorsed by the U.S. Surgeon General and American Academy of Pediatrics as the treatment of choice for autism. ABA therapy is covered by many private and government insurance providers.

Working in close collaboration with parents and education professionals, EAP develops customized ABA therapy programs and equips each child’s home, clinic or school team with the training and supervision necessary for high-quality, consistent teaching and behavioral intervention. For more than 10 years, EAP has offered intensive, research-based behavioral treatment that yields best outcomes for children.


Since 1998, EAP, based in Sumter, S.C., has been providing families and school districts throughout the United States with effective methods of treatment for children of all ages with autism and other developmental disabilities. Our evidence-based treatment and instructional recommendations are guided by the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) along with the principles of Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior.

Read the story of EAP’s founding originally published by People Magazine.

As Collin Butler walked across the stage at the University of South Carolina’s December graduation, he carried with him the hopes of thousands of parents who dream their children with autism can follow in his footsteps.

EAP clinicians possess extensive training and experience in the area of Applied Behavior Analysis using Skinner’s Analysis of Verbal Behavior. Our clinicians are Board Certified Behavior Analysts and Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analysts. We also have several clinical staff members pursuing board certification who are currently completing their mentorships through EAP. EAP believes that ongoing training is imperative and our staff receives monthly in-service training from various professionals in the field. Our commitment at EAP is to identify and implement the most effective course of treatment for each child entrusted to our care and ensure that each child reaches their full potential.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Early Autism Project is threefold: to provide appropriate and effective ABA home and school programming that will enable each child in our care to reach his or her potential; to foster the close collaboration of parents and professionals who support the child; and to equip each child’s home or school team with the ABA training and supervision that will ensure high-quality and consistent teaching, error correction procedures and behavioral intervention.

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