Hopebridge Autism Therapy Centers soon will open two new Indiana locations, including one in Fishers. The center will begin receiving patients Aug. 1. The other new center is in Columbus.
The Fishers location will be a 10,000-square-foot ABA therapy center for children on the autism spectrum.
“We also provide occupational therapy and speech therapy,” CEO Dennis May said. “Two thirds of children on the spectrum, in addition to ABA therapy for autism, also require speech or occupational therapy. We have all those services under one roof and obviously our goal is to serve the need.”
May said there is a growing prevalence in autism, with 1 in 59 children being diagnosed. He also said the average wait time for a patient to receive therapeutic services is one year.
“Hopebridge’s mission is, how do we reduce that and allow these children to receive care in the process?” he said. “One of the reasons we are expanding and adding clinics and helping create jobs in this space is because there’s such a tremendous need in all communities across the U.S.”
The company is headquartered in Indianapolis. The two new centers will create approximately 100 new jobs.
May said there will be a registered behavioral therapist, occupational therapist, speech therapist and others employed at the new facility. It will include a gym, a gross-motor skills and fine-motor skills room and 20-plus therapy rooms, among other features.
“We are bringing all these services under one roof,” May said. “It provides a better outcome because the therapists are working together. We support the family through diagnosis and through treatment.”
The Fishers center is at 9769 Crosspointe Blvd. For more, visit hopebridge.com.