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 […]

Autism Therapy Providers Tie Upskilling to Beating Turnover, Serving More Families

Staffing challenges in autism therapy are driving providers to invest heavily in training and upskilling registered behavioral technicians (RBTs). In recent years, inflation and a red-hot job market made hiring and retaining staff harder, especially for RBTs Further, investors have tied staff retention to the company’s value as an investment and as a provider of […]

‘A Year of Reckoning’: Autism Provider C-Suite Outlook for 2023

The demand for autism services continues to soar as rates of the condition rise. Yet in 2022, the burgeoning industry has faced a number of growing pains centered around staffing. In 2022, roughly 1 in 44 children were identified with autism spectrum disorder, according to the CDC. That’s up from 1 in 69 children in […]

360 Behavioral Health, CARD Downsize as Mass Layoffs Hit Autism Providers

Several large autism service providers in the U.S. are undergoing a wave of layoffs and closures. Notably, applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy services providers 360 Behavioral Health and The Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) have collectively reduced their staff by the hundreds. Yet, these are not the only ABA providers considering layoffs. Social […]