The Current State of Autism and Where CentralReach Stands

Monday, June 4, 2018

Just this past April, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) released their most recent autism rates findings which stated that about 1 in 59 8-year-old children in 11 communities (more than 300,000 children) across the United States were identified as having autism spectrum disorder (ASD) according to the report published earlier this month in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Surveillance Summary. That is an increase of over 15% from their previous estimated report of 1 in 68 children having autism in 2016. Some of the change in prevalence is said to be caused by improved autism identification which is important, because children identified early with autism and connected to services are more likely to reach their fullest potential.

That’s where we come in. We help therapists focus on delivering exceptional care by providing the tools needed to run a practice and manage client caseloads. Over six years ago, our founder, Charlotte Fudge, (who was a practicing BCBA herself back then) was all too familiar with the difficulties and loss of productivity faced by clinicians on a daily basis. Experiencing the same problems while running a practice of her own, she took matters into her own hands and decided to do something about it. Today, we bring together over 100 years of clinical expertise with leading technologists and developers to create flexible and integrated tools to help therapy practices thrive.

We strengthened our commitment to the success of our users by recently announcing the acquisition of Chartlytics, a leading real-time behavior change analytics software provider with unparalleled clinical decision-making technology, using Precision Teaching and Standard Celeration Charts. The new addition will enhance and empower the best clinicians in the industry with unbeatable data and insights to dramatically improve quality of care. Taking it even further, we also just recently released the second version of our CR Go app that includes data collection, so that collecting data from wherever, whenever, is in the palm of our clinicians’ hands…WIFI or not!

We not only support therapists through our technology, we support our community as well. Going on our second year, CentralReach has spearheaded our ReachOut program, a fairly-recent initiative we are very proud of and one we hope other organizations will replicate. It’s a way we give back to the community we serve by providing employment opportunities for adults on the autism spectrum. Outside of our office we’ve also donated to multiple award-winning, non-profit organizations including Surfers For Autism, and the Atlanta Autism Consortium.

Demand for ABA services has accelerated rapidly since the early 1990s and although it is only one of many areas of application, much of the increase has been in the realm of interventions for individuals diagnosed with ASD. Families of people with autism have played a major role in advocating for public policies to increase the availability of – and funding for – ABA services. Families like these are the ones that motivate us here at CentralReach every day to create the tools therapists need to deliver necessary care. So, no matter what occurs in the field of ASD and ABA it goes without saying that CentralReach will always be here to do our part.

Learn more about CentralReach’s services and commitment to assisting over 40,000 therapists and educators with better outcomes for client care and solutions for effectively managing a therapy practice. Book a strategy session today through our one-on-one product demonstration.