NEWARK, Del. — Easterseals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore announced that it has received a $25,000 grant from Discover Bank to offer children under the age of three with autism Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy.

“Easterseals recognizes the critical need in our community for ABA therapy for children with autism under the age of three,” Easterseals President and CEO Kenan Sklenar said in a news release. “Easterseals is pleased to partner with Discover Bank to offer children this new therapy service.”

According to the release, ABA therapy programs help increase language and communication skills; improve attention, focus, social skills, memory and academics by focusing on teaching new skills. Family education and support also is a critical component when working with very young children, the release states.

Studies show that when ABA therapy starts before the age of 2, the therapy is even more successful, according to the release.

Discover Bank has been a longtime partner with Easterseals providing more than $125,000 over the last five years for their employment and health programs, the release states. Discover Financial Services is a direct banking and payment services company. Since its inception in 1986, the company has become one of the largest card issuers in the United States.

For 100 years nationally, Easterseals has served as a resource for individuals with disabilities, veterans, seniors and their families. Easterseals Delaware and Maryland’s Eastern Shore offers a range of services, including children’s therapies, assistive technology, recreational camping, day programs for adults with physical or intellectual disabilities and respite services for caregivers.

To learn more, call 1-800-677-3800 or visit www.de.easterseals.com.

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