Archived | Autism Care Partners Acquires Puddingstone Place™, Expands Services to Children With Autism in Massachusetts | Circa August 16, 2021 #NotAnAutisticAlly #BanABA

[Note: Shared for #AutisticHistory archive purposes. This is NOT An Autistic Ally.]

NEW YORK, Aug. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ —Autism Care Partners (“ACP or “the Company”) is excited to announce the acquisition of Puddingstone Place™—a Massachusetts-based autism treatment organization.With this acquisition, ACP becomes one of the largest providers of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) and related therapies in Massachusetts. In addition to Puddingstone’s three centers in eastern Massachusetts, ACP will expand the Visual Immersion System™(VIS), an innovative treatment program developed in the Autism Language Program (ALP) at Boston Children’s Hospital, under the leadership of Dr. Howard C. Shane, who will join the ACP leadership team as a Senior Advisor*. This proprietary, evidence-based, treatment approach, now exclusively offered through ACP, improves communication and learning for people with autism and other developmental disabilities. As a combined organization, ACP becomes the exclusive provider licensed to offer VIS. 

Autism Care Partners

ACP is focused on ensuring “no wrong door” to individuals on the spectrum and their families by providing and coordinating ABA, diagnostic and related services across diverse care settings including home, school, telehealth, and state-of-the-art treatment centers. The acquisition of Puddingstone Place™ advances this mission.

“We are excited to expand our services deeper into Massachusetts with the addition of Puddingstone’s three treatment locations. We saw an immediate synergy between our organizations as Puddingstone Place™, like us, takes a holistic approach to treating autism by offering families one-stop access to ABA, speech, and occupational therapy services. This partnership furthers our mission by deploying the innovative, visual-based methodology being offered at Puddingstone throughout our growing network, and most importantly, to the hundreds of families we serve,” said Jim Spink, CEO of ACP.

Developed by Dr. Shane, VIS provides cutting-edge methodologies and proven treatment programs using augmented visual technology and supports. “I am thrilled to partner with ACP and expand the clinical reach of the Visual Immersion System™ across their network of leading-edge treatment centers,” said Dr. Shane. 

“It is with great pride we join the ACP family. Our mutual alignment with both the mission and our vision, combined with cultural and clinical excellence makes us a perfect match,” said Elaine Crosby, Founder of Puddingstone Place™. 

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About Autism Care Partners 
Founded in 1992 as an Early Intervention provider in New York City, Autism Care Partners has become a recognized leader in the delivery of comprehensive behavioral therapy to individuals on the autism spectrum. ACP’s family of care companies provides diagnostic evaluations, early intervention services, ABA, speech therapy, occupational therapy, and social work services to individuals on the autism spectrum, and their families, through their network of center and home-based practices. The company operates 14 multi-disciplinary centers throughout the Northeast. The combined platform will continue to be led by CEO Jim Spink.

About Puddingstone Place™
Puddingstone Place™ provides world-renowned programming to enhance communication, support behavioral changes, and improve the overall quality of life for individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. It currently provides ABA, Speech, and Occupational Therapy across three centers in Massachusetts while also partnering with school districts seeking to integrate the underlying principles of the Visual Immersion System™ (VIS).

About Coppermine Capital
Coppermine Capital provides equity capital to middle-market companies throughout the U.S. As investors of private capital, the firm tailors its strategy to meet the unique objectives of each individual platform. They can move quickly and be flexible in solving capital requirements without managing toward a fixed return threshold or hold period. The firm maintains a focused, closely held portfolio and actively partners with each leadership team. Through its capital resources and broad network of industry relationships, Coppermine offers companies growth capital, critical strategic and operational support, and business development assistance.

Name: Nick James
Title: Chief Development Officer
Company: Autism Care Partners

Name: Dave Jones
Title: Managing Director
Company: Coppermine Capital

Name: Harris Drantch 
Title: Principal
Company: Coppermine Capital

*Dr. Shane is a co-founder of Puddingstone Place and has equity in the company.  Dr. Shane also serves as the Senior Advisor and consultant for Autism Care Partners and receives compensation for these roles. 

SOURCE Autism Care Partners


Autistic people have fought the inclusion of ABA in therapy for us since before Autism Speaks, and other non-Autistic-led autism organizations, started lobbying legislation to get it covered by insurances and Medicaid. 

ABA is a myth originally sold to parents that it would keep their Autistic child out of an institution. Today, parents are told that with early intervention therapy their child will either be less Autistic or no longer Autistic by elementary school, and can be mainstreamed in typical education classes. ABA is very expensive to pay out of pocket. Essentially, Autism Speaks has justified the big price tag up front will offset the overall burden on resources for an Autistic’s lifetime. The recommendation for this therapy is 40 hours a week for children and toddlers.

The original study that showed the success rate of ABA to be at 50% has never been replicated. In fact, the study of ABA by United States Department of Defense was denounced as a failure. Not just once, but multiple times. Simply stated: ABA doesn’t workIn study after repeated study: ABA (conversion therapy) doesn’t work. 

What more recent studies do show: Autistics who experienced ABA therapy are at high risk to develop PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions. Historically, the autism organizations promoting ABA as a cure or solution have silenced Autistic advocates’ opposition. ABA is also known as gay conversion therapy.

The ‘cure’ for Autistics not born yet is the prevention of birth. 

The ‘cure’ is a choice to terminate a pregnancy based on ‘autism risk.’ The cure is abortion. This is the same ‘cure’ society has for Down Syndrome. 

This is eugenics 2021. Instead of killing Autistics and disabled children in gas chambers or ‘mercy killings’ like in Aktion T4, it’ll happen at the doctor’s office, quietly, one Autistic baby at a time. Different approaches yes, but still eugenics and the extinction of an entire minority group of people.

Fact: You can’t cure Autistics from being Autistic.

Fact: You can’t recover an Autistic from being Autistic.

Fact: You can groom an Autistic to mask and hide their traits. Somewhat. … however, this comes at the expense of the Autistic child, promotes Autistic Burnout (this should not be confused with typical burnout, Autistic Burnout can kill Autistics), and places the Autistic child at high risk for PTSD and other lifelong trauma-related conditions.

[Note: Autism is NOT a disease, but a neurodevelopmental difference and disability.]

Fact: Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism.

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