The U.S. Autism Treatment Centers Market

The U.S. Autism Treatment Centers Market

This Marketdata study examines the fragmented $4+ billion U.S. growth market comprised of for-profit and non-profit providers that serve autistic patients via brick & mortar centers and in-home therapy provided by therapists. There are waiting lists, significant untapped demand, and private equity investors are backing new ventures. Franchises are emerging.

The incidence of autism among American children has soared from 1 in 150 in 2000 to 1 in 44 today, and 6.8 million children and adults now live with autism. Yet, few therapies exist to treat this disease—just a few medications and ABA (applied behavioral analysis) programs.

This groundbreaking report includes: dollar value & growth of the market from 2009 to 2019, 2020, 2021 performance, 2022 and 2025 forecasts, market structure, key metrics of treatment centers, definition of and the types of autism, typical therapies used, how ABA programs work and key metrics, insurance coverage, patient demographics, analysis of the market for drugs to treat autism (Risperdal, new drugs in development), the latest CDC research and demographics on autism, market growth factors, economic costs, the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on operations, analysis of for-profit vs. non-profit treatment centers, discussion of the role of private equity and recent deals, plus a ranking of the top for-profit treatment center chains and their revenues.

Includes a first-ever, comprehensive analysis by Marketdata of the 2018-2020 revenues of non-profit treatment centers/schools and how well they fared during the pandemic in 2020, based on IRS data in the non-profit database.

Contains 14 in-depth competitor profiles and revenues of the largest players in the field: Autism Speaks, Centria Autism Services, The Center for Autism & Related Disorders, the May Institute, Butterfly Effects, Autism Learning Partners, Autism Spectrum Therapies, Chance Light Behavioral Health, Hopebridge, Trumpet Behavioral Health, Easter Seals, LEARN Behavioral, BlueSprig, Kadiant, and Success on the Spectrum, Hi-5 ABA.

The U.S. Autism Treatment Centers Market

Introduction: Study Scope & Methodology

Executive Overview of Major Findings

Highlights of all report chapters: Nature of the market and its characteristics, key market

metrics, patient demographics and demand, market structure and competition, description of ABA programs, market size and growth (2009-2019, 2020 – effects of the pandemic,2021 performance, 2022 & 2025 outlook & forecasts), the role of private equity investors.


  • The Major For-profit Autism Treatment Center Chains: 2021 (no. of centers)
  • Number of Autistic Children in the U.S. by Type: 2020
  • Estimated Size of the U.S. Autism Treatment Market: 2009-2025 Forecast
Nature of The Field & Patient Demographics

Summary: Definition of Autism Spectrum Disorder, typical symptoms, incidence

In the population

Types of treatments used

Non-profit vs. for-profit treatment centers

Patient demographics: Latest CDC data on incidence of autism, increase

Increase in disease population set to boost the future market

Extensive list of facts about autism and the scope of the disorder, by the Autism Society, CDC,

NIH, Autism Speaks (economic costs, risk factors and characteristics, etc.)

  • No. of children with autism by: gender, race, living in a metro area
  • Number of 3-21 Year-Olds With Autism Served Under The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) in the United States: 2000-2021
ABA Treatment Centers & Programs (Applied Behavior Analysis)

Summary: Discussion of types of programs: center-based, community, in-home therapy

Key metrics (no. of adults and children with autism, avg. revenues per treatment

center, avg. per therapist, percent of patients using medications, percent with

access to insurance coverage, estimated market value)

In-depth description of how ABA programs work, types of therapy, controversies

Description of other therapies used (TEAACH, speech therapy, occupational therapy)

Discussion of obstacles with insurance coverage, Medicare, Medicaid, other major

market issues, insurance coverage is getting better, states without essential health

benefit, share of children covered by insurance now vs. 2016.

BLS job outlook for Applied Behavior Analysts to 2029, average salaries, shortage

Demand for license behavior analysts - annual number of job postings nationwide over the past 12 years (2010–2021)

Salary levels for Applied Behavior Analysts: top paying states, hourly/yearly wages

Insurance coverage Is getting better: discussion

The Cost of Care/ABA programs – Varies by need and type, typical no. of hrs. and cost per year

  • Insurance coverage for autism treatment, by state: 2016
Market Size & Growth, Market Segments

Summary: Discussion of market size estimation methods, known facts about the autism treatment market, major industry metrics

Discussion of major drivers of the market

Analysis of Non-profit and For-profit Autism Treatment Centers & Schools:

2020 Market Performance: Effects of the 2020 pandemic, Marketdata estimates of industry $ size and growth, revenue performance of 137 non-profit treatment centers in the Guidestar database (New analysis by Marketdata).

2021 Market Performance: Recovery from the pandemic, shift to partial virtual operations

2022 Market Forecast: Addition of new centers, acquisitions by major for-profit players

2025 Forecast: key factors affecting demand, Marketdata estimates of industry $ size and growth

Rationale for estimating market size:

- by no. of patients in treatment programs

- by revenues of for-profit and non-profit treatment programs/centers, avg. revenues per center

Discussion of available information & proxy indicators

Discussion of insurance coverage

Growth factors

Analysis of the Autism Medications Market

Discussion of reasons for shrinking sales, $ size of the market

  • List of top 12 treatment chains (no. of centers, estd. revenues, 2018, 2021)
  • Size of the U.S. autism treatment market: 2009-2025 forecast (programs, drugs, total)
  • Size of the autism medications market: 2006-2025 F (Risperdal, Ritalin, Concerta)
  • Incidence of autism, no. of children with autism vs. population: 2000, 2010, 2016, 2020.
Estimates of market size and growth by other research firms.

The Market For Autism Medications

Summary & Discussion of the drugs currently used to treat behavioral and emotional problems of autistic children, including mood stabilizers, antipsychotics, stimulants

List of drug companies doing research and clinical trials

Risperdal: description and uses, side effects and problems

Abilify: description and uses, side effects and problems

Ritalin: description and uses, side effects and problems

Market Size: estimates by Marketdata, actual sales by drug companies, emergence

of less costly generics as patents expire

New Drugs Under Development (Bumetanide, Balovaptan, Suramin, Lithobid, others)

List of Key Players in the autism drugs market

2022 forecast: Marketdata estimate of $ market size

2025 Forecast: Marketdata estimate of $ market size

  • Estimated sales of autism drugs in the U.S. 2006-2021, 2022 & 2025 Forecasts.
Competitor Profiles 79-102

(Descriptions of program, number of sites/centers and therapists, specialties, headquarters address, estimated/actual revenues, acquisitions)
  • Autism Treatment Network (Autism Speaks)
  • Autism Learning Partners
  • Autism Spectrum Therapies
  • Butterfly Effects
  • BlueSprig
  • Centria Autism Services
  • The Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD)
  • ChanceLight™ Behavioral Health and Education
  • City Pro Group
  • Easter Seals
  • Hi-5 ABA Inc. (franchise)
  • Hopebridge
  • Kadiant
  • LEARN Behavioral
  • The May Institute – (incl. 2018-2021 financial profile/income statement)
  • Success on the Spectrum (franchise)
  • Trumpet Behavioral Health
Reference Directory

Directory of autism research, treatment and education organizations, societies,

Institutes, magazines, reports, special surveys, experts, other information sources

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