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SPG Announces the Formation of Unison Therapy Services
A New Parent Organization for a Multidisciplinary Family of Companies
November 04, 2021 06:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Speech Pathology Group (“SPG”), a leading provider of therapeutic, behavioral and autism services to children, is pleased to announce the creation of Unison Therapy Services (“Unison”). This parent organization unites a multidisciplinary family of companies, including SPG Therapy & Education, Comprehensive Autism Center, Behavior Therapy Clinic, Family Support Center, and ABRITE. Holistically, Unison offers evidence-based, family-first therapeutic treatment in clinics, schools and homes throughout California, Colorado and Oregon. Each company will continue to operate locally through its existing brand and leverage the broader Unison team for comprehensive support for therapists, technicians, and teachers.
ABRITE is the most recent addition to the growing Unison platform and provides Applied Behavior Analysis (“ABA”) services in homes, the community, and schools. ABRITE is based in Santa Cruz County with operations in Northern California and Southern California.
“We are pleased to announce the formation of the Unison Therapy Services parent organization,” said SPG Founder and President Susan Stark, M.S., CCC-SLP. “Unison’s core values are Resilience, Integrity, Service, and Empathy. These values are also clearly apparent in the spirit of each of our organizations and we are excited to work alongside each of them to support more children and families every day.”
Unison Chief Executive Officer, Todd Ezrine, added, “We are excited to continue Unison’s track record of organic and acquisitive growth to drive our multidisciplinary service offering and provide superior clinical outcomes for our children and families.”
Unison is a portfolio company of Ridgemont Equity Partners, a middle market private equity investor. Unison and Ridgemont continue to actively seek new partnerships with providers looking to join a growing, well-respected multidisciplinary platform that has been devoted to caring for its clients and therapists since 1989.
About Unison Therapy Services
Unison Therapy Services is a multidisciplinary industry leader that provides evidence-based, family-first therapies to children with autism and other developmental disabilities. Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a cornerstone of clinical practices. Through its family of companies, Unison offers therapeutic treatment in clinics, schools and homes throughout California, Colorado and Oregon. The company has a 30-year history of therapeutic excellence, best in class clinical support and a workplace culture that fosters professional growth and mentorship. www.unisontherapyservices.com
About Ridgemont Equity Partners
Ridgemont Equity Partners is a Charlotte-based middle market buyout and growth equity investor. Since 1993, the principals of Ridgemont have invested over $5.5 billion. The firm focuses on equity investments up to $250 million and utilizes a proven, industry-focused investment approach and repeatable value creation strategies. Ridgemont’s most recent flagship fund, REP III, was formed in 2018 and has $1.65 billion of committed capital. www.ridgemontep.com
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 work. In 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.