Autism Treatment Center Market Size

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Autism Treatment Centers

We couldn't find data on the total number of people hired every year in autism centers nor the churn rate of employees. However, we found that there are "8,300 child psychiatrists, 1,500 child neurologists and 1,000 developmental-behavioral pediatricians" working in the US autism care industry. Our findings and an explanation of our research strategy are detailed below.

HELPFUL FINDINGS

  • In 2017, the autism treatment market was worth about $1.87 billion. Applied Behavior Analysis programs, which autism centers generally provide, accounted for approximately $1.07
  • billion in revenues.
  • The average autism treatment center generates revenue of about $821,000 annually.
  • The autism treatment market is growing at a CAGR of 3.9% and is expected to reach $2.23 billion in 2022.
  • The total annual cost for children with autism in the US is estimated to be between $11.5 billion and $60.9 billion.
  • Director of the Developmental Disorders Inpatient Research Collaborative Matthew Siegel, "the severe shortage is in treating the emotional and behavioral problems that come in the school-age population, 5 to 20 years old."
  • Medical professionals working autism care in the US include "8,300 child psychiatrists, 1,500 child neurologists and 1,000 developmental-behavioral pediatricians."
  • According to MarketWatch, "some of the major industry players in the Global autism disorder & treatment market include companies like Pfizer Inc., Allergan, Eli Lilly and Company, Saniona AB, Merck & CO Inc., Consern Pharma Private Limited, Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Novartis AG, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Otsuka Holdings Co., Ltd., Johnson & Johnson Services, Inc., Coronis Partners Ltd., Heptares Therapeutics Limited, Curemark LLC, Intra-Cellular Therapies Inc., among others."

APPLIED BEHAVIOR ANALYSIS PROGRAMS

  • Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) programs are autism treatment programs that have shown great results across the board. [Source 1]
  • Market Research cites that "there are basically three types of ABA program providers: brick & mortar centers, community providers, and In-home therapists."
  • Most autism treatment organizations, are in California because of the way that subsidizing for treatment programs have worked since the 1990s, which predate current insurance mandates.
  • It should be noted that there are "an estimated 296 brick & mortar centers and employ thousands of therapists. Together, they account for about $390 million in revenues — a 38% market share of ABA programs."

HOPEBRIDGE

  • Hopebridge was established in 2005 "to serve the growing need for autism treatment services and to improve the lives of affected children and families."
  • While its headquarters is in Indianapolis, the company "continues to open state-of-the-art autism therapy centers in new communities to reach patients and families who need services. Headquartered in Indianapolis, Hopebridge currently operates in four states; Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio, with additional states planned in 2019."
  • The center recently added two centers, which makes Hopebridge’s network consist of 32 centers.

RESEARCH STRATEGY

In searching for the total number of autism treatment centers, churn rates for autism treatment centers, and the number of behavior therapists in the US, we took advantage of leading publications, blogs and reviews by industry experts, and industry-specific databases. Additionally, we searched through medical literature sites such as PubMed, Medline, MedlinePlus, and ScienceDirect. However, there were no overviews, articles, or reports found regarding the total number of autism treatment centers, churn rates for autism treatment centers, or the number of behavior therapists in the US. Also, we searched for press releases from reliable sites such as PRNews, Newswire, GlobeNews, among others but any pertinent information was hidden behind a paywall or was simply not available to the public. Most of the information we found was on the definition of autism, its prevalence in the US, and the rat of increasing diagnosis in children and young adults. We tried expanding our scope to include reports beyond 24 months; yet, there was no pertinent data found. Thus, no relevant information was obtained using this method.

As our second strategy, we searched through government sites like The US Department of Health and Human Services. We hoped to find any data regarding the number of autism treatment centers, churn rates for autism treatment centers, or the number of behavior therapists in the US. However, most government websites only contain descriptions of autism and where to go/who to contact for information on autism support and insurance. There was no mention of autism treatment centers or the number of behavior therapists in the US.

As a third strategy, thoroughly searched through market and industry reports in MarketResearch, IBISWorld, MarketWatch, BCCresearch, Euromonitor, Accenture, and Deloitte to find any hard data on the size of the autism treatment market in the US. We hoped that there would be data points, numbers, or statistics on individual treatment centers or the number of behavior therapists. We planned to use any available data to triangulate the total number of treatment centers. Using this method, we found that the autism treatment market was worth about $1.87 billion in 2017 and Applied Behavior Analysis programs account for approximately $1.07 billion in revenue. However, we could not find anything substantial information that could be used to triangulate for the total number of autism treatment centers, churn rates for autism treatment centers, or the number of behavior therapists in the US. Thus, this triangulation strategy was not possible.

Next, our team looked for similar market data in Crunchbase, Craftco, Hoovers, which has institutions' profile information. Our aim of doing this was to try to collect enough data on major players (by revenue) in this industry to estimate the total number of autism treatment centers. Additionally, we had hoped these sites would provide information about the number of behavior therapists they employ. We then would look to their competitors and other players in the market to gain an estimate of the number of treatment centers and behavior therapists in the US market. However, this approach proved difficult because these sites did not provide this kind of insight for companies in the autism care industry.

This is because some companies such as Autism Treatment Center of America and HopeBridge have multiple revenue streams from other types of treatments and services they provide, and the numbers they report focus on all these revenue streams with no breakdown on autism-specific treatments.

We have concluded that the unavailability of this information is likely due to the niche nature of the autism treatment centers. We found limited data for the global market, let alone the US. Also, there were no premium reports that highlighted the total number of autism treatment centers, churn rates for autism treatment centers and the number of behavior therapists in the US, even if it's on a global focus. Thus, we believe that no primary research has been conducted on this topic, and if there are, they are yet to be made publicly available.
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Autism Treatment Centers: Behavior Therapists

There are 267,730 behavioral therapists in the United States with 166,290 of them working in autism centers or with autism care.

Behavioral Therapy and Austism Care

  • Behavioral Therapy is a "psychotherapy that is concerned with the treatment (as by desensitization or aversion therapy) of observable behaviors rather than underlying psychological processes and that applies principles of learning to substitute desirable responses and behavior patterns for undesirable ones (such as phobias or obsessions)"
  • It also includes treatment of mental illness and substance abuse disorder.
  • Autism is a developmental or behavioral disorder and not associated with mental illness.

Industries that include Behavioral Therapy and Autism Care (US)

  • The entire working population for behavioral therapists was 267,730 .
  • Outpatients care centers: A substitute service for those with Autism has an employment of 62,310.
  • Individual and Family Services: Services for children and teens ages 0-21 and includes behavioral therapies for individuals affected by an autism diagnosis with an employment of 47,560.
  • Residential intellectual and developmental disability, mental health, and substance abuse facilities: inpatient housing for individuals with autism that include, group homes, hospitals, or care facilities, which provide housing and care services for anybody that has been diagnosed with any learning or developmental disabilities and focus primarily on therapies, with an employment of 36,050.
  • Local Government has a subsection of jobs that include Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors with 20,370 jobs.

Research Strategy:

We began by isolating working definition for behavioral therapy, behavioral therapy specialists, and autism in order to ensure that our research followed a clear course.

We then turned to high-quality data sources, primarily the US Census Bureau report on Occupational Employment and Wages for Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors.

That report states that the entire working population for behavioral therapists was 267,730.

Among the segments in that report are autism employees with 62,310 listed jobs. However, we found indications of autism workers in other positions We found that Individual and Family Services workers, who also work in the field of autism represent 47,560 workers. Local government worker statistics include 20,370 jobs under the heading of Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors. Autism being described as a behavioral disorder, we included this number.

Thus, to find a total for autism workers we added the above numbers. This gave us 62,310+47,560+36,050+20,370 = 166,290 behavior therapists working in autism centers or autism care in the United States.
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Autism Treatment Centers: California

A total of 141 autism treatment centers in California were identified, including multiple locations associated with several of the organizations that provide autism services in California. Details of our findings are outlined below.

California Autism Center and Learning Group

    • The California Autism Center and Learning Group offers one-on-one services for children diagnosed with autism. Services are provided by behavior therapists are based on Applied Behavior Analysis and are mostly center-based, although some home-based services are available in some cases.
    • Services include a 25-40 hour per week program for preschool aged children, a 10-15 hour per week program for school-aged children, social skills groups for children 12 and under and family services, such as sibling activities, parent education courses and parents' night out programs.
    • The California Autism Center and Learning Group's website can be found here.
    • They have locations in Central Fresno, West Fresno and Merced. The phone numbers for these centers are (559) 475-7860, (559) 724-3702 and (209) 205-9586 respectively.

    Autism Center for Treatment

    • The Autism Center for Treatment (ACT) provides Autism-related evaluations and assessments, home-based, school-based, clinic-based and community-based interventions and school support services for children with autism.
    • Interventions provided by ACT are based in Applied Behavior Analysis and include close partnership with parents and families.
    • The website for ACT can be found here.
    • The center is located in Thousand Oaks and the phone number is (818) 707-1717.

    Center for Autism and Related Disorders

    • The Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) offers a wide range of services for children with autism and their families, including diagnosis and assessment, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Marriage and Family Therapy, center-based interventions, outpatient services, remote treatment and a specialized school for children with autism.
    • CARD also offers training and consultation to professionals on working with children who have been diagnosed with autism.
    • CARD's website can be found here.
    • There are CARD locations throughout the country, including 86 locations in California, including. It's headquarters are located in Woodland Hills California and the main phone number for inquiries is (818) 345-2273.

    Center for Austism Spectrum Treatment

    • The Center for Autism Spectrum Treatment (CAST) treats both Autism Spectrum Disorders and other Pervasive Developmental Disorders.
    • CAST offers home-based, school-based and center-based services provided by behavior analysts.
    • CAST's website can be found here.
    • CAST is located in Culver City and the main phone number is (310) 839-9088.

    Center for Learning & Autism Support Services, Inc.

    • The Center for Learning & Autism Support Services, Inc. (CLASS) provides Applied Behaviora Analysis treatment services for Autism in the home, school or clinic.
    • Services offered include assessment, early intervention, social skills training and mental health counseling. Services are research-based.
    • CLASS's website can be found here.
    • CLASS has locations in San Jose, San Mateo, Pleasant Hill, Riverside and Irvine and the main phone number is (800) 538-8365.

    Pacific Autism Center for Education

    • The Pacific Autism Center for Education (PACE) services for children and adults with autism, including a preschool, a specialized school for students between the ages of 6 and 22, one-on-one Applied Behavior Analysis services, and parent/caregiver education services.
    • PACE also has 6 group homes for people with autism and other developmental disorders who can no longer live at home.
    • PACE's website can be found here.
    • PACE's administrative building is located in Santa Clara and the phone number is (408) 245-3400.

    The Family Guidance and Therapy Center

    • The Family Guidance and Therapy Center offers treatment for individuals with autism and their families along with a myriad of services for other disorders and struggles.
    • The Family Guidance and Therapy Center's Autism services are based in Relationship Development Intervention (RDI)
    • The Family Guidance and Therapy Center's website can be found here.
    • The center has locations in Point Loma, Mira Mesa, Temecula and Orange County and the phone numbers are 619-600-0683, 619-600-0683, 951-506-1919, 657-999-3232 respectively.

    California Autism Foundation

    • The California Autism Foundation offers programs for individuals with autism, including a specialized school for ages 6-22, an adult day program and vocational and employment programs.
    • The foundation's website can be found here.
    • California Autism Foundation is located in Richmond and the phone number is (510) 758-0433.

    STAR of California

    • STAR of California provides services for individuals with autism along with other developmental and mental disorders.
    • Services offered to individuals with autism through STAR of California are based in Applied Behavior Analysis and include intensive behavior support, school-based services, social skills groups, family support services and early intervention among others.
    • STAR of California has locations in Pasadena, Orange, San Luis Obispo, San Fernando Valley, Santa Barbara, Ventura, Thousand Oaks, West Los Angeles and San Jose. The phone number for headquarters is (805) 644-7827.

    Victor Treatment Center

    • Victor Treatment Center offers services for individuals with autism at its Redding location.
    • Services offered for individuals diagnosed with autism include life skills and vocational training, community exploration and outdoor education.
    • Victor Treatment Center's page on autism services can be found here.
    • The Redding location's phone number is (530) 378-1855.

    Northern California Children's Therapy Center

    • The Northern California Children's Therapy Center offers services for children with many disabilities, including autism.
    • Services offered include occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy and sensory integration therapy.
    • The Northern California Children's Therapy Center is located in Woodland and the phone number is (530) 668-1010.

    Brain Treatment Centers

    • Brain Treatment Centers offers a treatment for autism called TMS, which applies a "fixed frequency stimulation" to the brain.
    • Brain Treatment Centers' website can be found here.
    • Brain Treatment Centers has three locations in California, including Newport Beach, San Diego and Los Angeles. Their phone numbers are (949) 851-3086, (619) 255-2101 and (888) 768-7728 respectively.

    ACES

    • ACES offers treatment services for individuals with autism, including Applied Behavior Analysis, speech therapy, occupational therapy, groups and mental health counseling.
    • ACES' website is available here.
    • ACES has 15 California locations, including Carlsbad, City of Industry, Irvine, San Jose and San Bruno. Their phone numbers are (760) 637-9996, (626) 344-4434, (949) 833-2237, (408) 706-6855 and (650) 515-9882 respectively.
    • Additional Aces locations can be found here.
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From Part 01
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  • "Although we still do not know the specific causes of autism, we do know one thing. The rate is increasing, and the market for treatment is growing. Based on new government data, 1 in 45 children in the United States, aged 3-17, have autism. This is up from only 1 in 150 children back in 2000. "
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  • " Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers, a leading provider of Autism treatment services, today announced its continued expansion into the Atlanta market."
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  • "When Natasha Marrus started her residency in general psychiatry in 2007, none of her 11 classmates ever mentioned autism. They eagerly discussed schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and occasionally a “really tough” resident would talk up personality disorders, recalls Marrus, now a child psychiatrist at the Autism Clinical Center at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. But even those who were considering working with children did not share her interest in autism. "
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  • "(ASD)is a type of condition that is caused by major challenges like difficulties with speech, social skills, verbal and nonverbal communication, along with showing the signs of repetitive behaviors and various other strengths and unique differences. This condition is caused by various combinations of hereditary and natural influences."
From Part 02
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  • "psychotherapy that is concerned with the treatment (as by desensitization or aversion therapy) of observable behaviors rather than underlying psychological processes and that applies principles of learning to substitute desirable responses and behavior patterns for undesirable ones (such as phobias or obsessions)"
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  • "The Behavioral Therapists industry consists of Mental illness, substance abuse disorder and mental illness and substance abuse disorder"