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.
- 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 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.
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.