Emerald Coast Autism Center

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About Us

patch01.jpgEmerald Coast Autism Center (ECAC) is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization located in Niceville, Florida dedicated to educating and improving the lives of individuals with autism in Okaloosa and Walton counties and surrounding areas. ECAC is unique in our approach to teaching these amazing children. All instruction and activities at the ECAC are conducted in a manner consistent with the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). The science of ABA is currently the only proven intervention for children with autism. Specifically, ECAC follows the Verbal Behavior (VB) approach to ABA, based on B.F. Skinner’s analysis of verbal behavior.

All of our staff members are trained ABA therapists, certified teachers, or are taking Master’s level coursework toward special education or BCBA certification. We have seven BCBAs, five BCaBAs, and fifty-five Registered Behavior Therapists on staff. 

Academically, ECAC serves students from Pre-k through grade two. We offer both Speech and Occupational therapy on-site as a service to all of our families. Speech therapy is provided by Magnolia Pediatric Therapy and Occupational therapy is provided by
Kidz Korner. The long-term goal of the ECAC is to grow into a stand-alone regional center for the education, and treatment of children with autism, and the support of their families.

ECAC utilizes a wide variety of programs and curriculums including PEAK, AIM, ACT, VB-Mapp, and Essentials for Living.

The Behavior Analyst Certification Board (BACB) does not sponsor, approve or endorse Emerald Coast Autism Center, the materials, information or sessions identified herein.

A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state.  
1-800-HELP-FLA (435-7352)  www.FloridaConsumerHelp.com 

Reporting of Ethical Misconduct is required by law and is our duty as professionals entrusted with the safety and welfare of students every day. Florida Statute section 39.203 and section 768.095 protect the person reporting ethical misconduct from reprisal by the individual reported or the employer if the report was made in good faith without malicious intent. ECAC requires that every employee report any issue that could currently or potentially impact the health, safety, or welfare of its students. 

The process for report is as follows. Any incident that an employee believes is potentially harmful to a student should be immediately reported to ther immediate supervisor or Director. Any employee who knowingly fails to report misconduct or abuse will be subject to discipline, up to and including termination.

Parents, students, and employees should regulary visit the public registry to review it for individuals who may have prior criminal records and sex offenses. Information concering registered sex offenders and predators in Florida may be obtained by visiting. http://www.fdle.state.fl.us, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sexual Offenders datebase. Informatuion may also be obtained by contacting the FDLE's toll free telephone number: 1-888-FL-PREDATOR (1-88-357-7332). ECAC performs criminal-background checks on its emplioyees and volunteers with unsupervised access to children. 

In cases of suspected Physical Abuse, Sexual abuse, or Neglect the employee should report those issues immediately to the 1-800-96Abuse hotline. Notice: All employees will be required to complete ethics training as a condition of their employment with ECAC. 

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