What the Departure of 3 High-Profile Autism Therapy CEOs Signals About the Industry’s Fundamental Challenge

The transition of three high-profile CEOs within the autism therapy space highlights the pressure that top executives are under to defy the odds in the face of enormous challenges. Private equity investors’ expectations to meet or beat multiples set when valuations were previously sky-high are putting CEOs in positions that require them to achieve the […]

New Autism Deals Needed to Redefine Valuation Standards

Private equity drives almost all investment and dealmaking in autism therapy and launched the space to record highs a few years ago. But now investors and their autism therapy platforms are waiting for something to give before getting back into the dealmaking game. But what that is not clear, experts in the space tell Autism […]

‘I Think Clinical Efficiency Is Going to Be Huge’: AI Is Coming to Clinical Aspects of Autism Therapy

The autism therapy industry will first see AI applied en masse to business-focused functions. Not far beyond that more advanced trend, providers should expect AI to become an increasingly common part of their clinical work. Several industry leaders told Autism Business News that clinicians will never be replaced by AI. However, many see it eventually […]

Autism Providers Won’t Lose Their Jobs to AI, But They Could Lose their Jobs to Someone Using AI

Autism providers may finally be ready to embrace artificial intelligence for smoother and more efficient business operations. Several autism therapy insiders said their mindset around AI has changed from the proverbial when-not-if to something more along the lines of how and where. “Any technology or tech-enabled services that will drive efficiency for the caregivers, allowing […]

Autism Therapy Companies to Watch in 2024

After a bumpy 2023, the autism therapy industry could start to get back on track. Several large, growing or innovative autism therapy companies either made strides last year or worked through serious headaches. Meanwhile, some indicators show that the sector could be looking up for 2024. In 2023 the industry faced a historic slump in […]

Frontline Honors: Amairani Rolon-Esquivel, 360 Behavioral Health

Amairani Rolon-Esquivel, Clinical Supervisor for 360 Behavioral Health, has been named a 2023 Frontline Honors honoree by Behavioral Health Business. To become a Frontline Honoree, an individual is nominated by their peers. The candidate must be a dedicated, high-performing frontline worker who delivers exceptional experiences and outcomes; a passionate worker who knows how to put […]

‘The ABA Industry Is Maturing’: Autism Executives Predict Growth, Innovation in 2024

The year 2023 saw several autism therapy organizations make dramatic — sometimes painful — adjustments to an evolving marketplace. And the landscape is set to shift even more heading into the new year. While the echoes of the coronavirus pandemic fade, inflation and stagnant payer rates put the squeeze on providers. On top of that, […]

Autism Therapy Is the ‘Perfect Place’ to Invest as Multiples, Headwinds Decline

The autism therapy industry segment may see a bounceback in dealmaking in the not-so-distant future. After reaching a fever pitch in 2019, the number of deals has trended downward, with 2022 seeing several high-profile stumbles of major platform companies, inflation, rising interest rates and workforce challenges. However, several industry insiders attending the Autism Investor Summit […]

Long-Stagnant Fee-for-Service Rates in Autism Therapy Stunting Industry’s Potential

Long-stagnant fee-for-service rates in the autism therapy space could stunt its potential as an industry and lock out innovation.  With key exceptions, autism therapy providers across the board have seen payer rates trending flat for years with some payers attempting to push rates down, according to more than a dozen provider, investment, legal and accreditation […]