This service is based on the model of Early Intensive Behavioral Intervention (EIBI), which involves Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). "ECA" stands for Early Childhood Autism Specialized Habilitation. It was formerly known has "Hab-M." It is provided together with habilitation services, and includes highly qualified program supervisors to conduct skills and behavior assessments, develop treatment plans and goals, train parents and Habilitation Therapists, and provide ongoing program supervision. Supervisors conduct home visits about once a month to help parents and Habilitation Therapists successfully teach the child.
Who Receives ECA
ECA is intended for young children diagnosed with autism or at-risk. Some children start at age 2 or earlier, and may continue through age 5 or 6.
AZA United's Approach
AZA United believes in a family-centered approach to service where parents and professionals work together to develop effective plans to help their children. Our goal is to design comprehensive programs that fit well with each family’s individual preferences and help children to thrive. Although we offer a standard model of support and program development, our team of supervisors is also flexible and able to accomodate a variety of teaching approaches to meet each child and family’s needs. Parent involvement is key to a successful program, and AZA United facilitates this at every step of the way.
These services are authorized by the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities (DDD). To be eligible for funding, families must be approved through Arizona Long Term Care Services (ALTCS). To qualify, families typically must request ECA before age 4. AZA United is available to assist families at no cost through the process of applying for ALTCS eligibility and requesting ECA services through DDD.
For more information on how to access funding for services, click here.
We are happy to answer any questions about this service, and we offer parent orientation classes regularly. For more information, please contact us.
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