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Ann Eldridge, M.Ed.
Executive Vice President and COO
Early Autism Project
Eldridge is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) with more than 20 years of experience designing learning environments for persons with autism and developmental disabilities. For 15 years, she was a special education teacher in the South Carolinapublic school system and was encouraged to look into Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy because of the positive impact it can have on children with autism spectrum and related disorders. ABA therapy is considered the most effective, highest quality, evidence-based treatment for autism. She received extensive training in applied behavior analysis and autism from Dr. Glen Sallows, BCBA. Nationally renowned therapist Dr. Vincent J. Carbone, BCBA-D, provided her with the training and clinical mentorship that led to her certification as a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. She was amazed at the gains children made as a result of ABA therapy and it inspired her to help co-found Early Autism Project (EAP) in 2002. Now, as executive vice president and chief operating officer of EAP, one of the largest providers of therapeutic services for children with autism in the country, she oversees and directs the company’s clinical operations.
Over the years, Eldridge has helped design individual ABA programs and speech protocols that have helped thousands of children across the country reach their full potential. In addition to her impressive clinical work, in 2009, she helped facilitate the passage of “Ryan’s Law,” requiring commercial insurers to provide autism treatment coverage in South Carolina. For the past two decades, she has worked to provide ABA therapy to children and young adults. Her goal is to create access to ABA therapy for as many children, families and school districts as possible. She is one of the leading authorities on autism therapy, so she can speak to a wide range of topics, including: the importance of teaching verbal behavior to children with autism; ways to teach children with autism language; helping children with autism integrate into the community; using sign language to develop a communication system with children with autism; how to develop friendships among children with autism; using reinforcement systems to motivate children with autism; how to create and maintain meaningful family support groups (parents and siblings).
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