Bay Health Foundation awards grant to FSU PC Early Childhood Autism program

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – On Friday, The Bay Health Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the FSU Foundation for Early Childhood Autism Program at FSU Panama City.

 

On February 8, BHF Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Jim Cook III presented the grant. This donation will provide continued patient care for existing clients and expansion of services to new patients from the waitlist.

 

The funds allow the expansion of applied behavior analysis therapy services for children and young adults with developmental disabilities or delays in social skills through in-home, in-school, and in-clinic services.

 

ECAP is the early intervention and community outreach program that caters to meeting the needs of children with autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disability.

 

The funds will support two types of patient care: one-on-one direct ABA therapy between therapist and child; and individual training for children’s caregivers, to implement strategies at home.

 

Children in the BHF/ECAP scholarship typically receive between four and eight hours of free patient care per week. This allows learning and acquiring important skills while working to reduce problematic behaviors that impede their progress or negatively impact families.

 

“The behavioral symptoms of autism can be alleviated with ABA, and this type of therapy requires consistency, repetition, and endurance in terms of direct patient care,” ECAP program director Nikki DickPANAMA CITY, Fla. (WMBB) – On Friday, The Bay Health Foundation awarded a $15,000 grant to the FSU Foundation for Early Childhood Autism Program at FSU Panama City.

 

On February 8, BHF Board of Trustees Chairman Dr. Jim Cook III presented the grant. This donation will provide continued patient care for existing clients and expansion of services to new patients from the waitlist.

 

The funds allow the expansion of applied behavior analysis therapy services for children and young adults with developmental disabilities or delays in social skills through in-home, in-school, and in-clinic services.

 

ECAP is the early intervention and community outreach program that caters to meeting the needs of children with autism spectrum disorder, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, and intellectual disability.

 

The funds will support two types of patient care: one-on-one direct ABA therapy between therapist and child; and individual training for children’s caregivers, to implement strategies at home.

 

Children in the BHF/ECAP scholarship typically receive between four and eight hours of free patient care per week. This allows learning and acquiring important skills while working to reduce problematic behaviors that impede their progress or negatively impact families.

 

“The behavioral symptoms of autism can be alleviated with ABA, and this type of therapy requires consistency, repetition, and endurance in terms of direct patient care,” ECAP program director Nikki Dickens said.

 

 

 

 

Gideon Canice

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