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Florida-Based KNR Therapy Announces Merger With Georgia-Based Autism Learning Center

TAMPA, Florida., February 1, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Shields Capital and KNR Therapy, a leader in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) providing individualized treatment for children with developmental disabilities, are thrilled to announce their recent merger with the Autism Learning Center ( ALC), a founder-led ABA therapy organization based in Columbus, Georgia offering clinical and school-based ABA therapy services for children ages 2-18.

Through this partnership, KNR Therapy expands its geographic footprint across Georgia and Alabama. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to welcome the entire ALC team to the KNR family. ALC has been providing behavioral support to families in the region for over a decade and is a leader in ethical and compassionate care. KNR’s mission and values ​​align well with the Autism Learning Center’s approach and emphasis on clinical quality,” says Frank BequerFounder and CEO of KNR Therapy.

“Our team is thrilled to partner with KNR Therapy. Our goal at the Autism Learning Center has always been to provide interventions based on the principles of ABA to help children learn to communicate, play and to independently socially engage in their community. We are confident that together with KNR Therapy, our combined efforts will strengthen the organization and allow us to better serve our families,” said Nicole Hilmes, owner and director of the Autism Learning Center. “This is a huge step forward for families, in addition to the support we can continue to provide our employees.”

About KNR Therapy
KNR Therapy provides home, school, center, and community ABA therapy to children across the United States, including Central Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Massachusetts. KNR’s team of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) and Registered Behavior Technicians (RBTs) draw on the principles of ABA to provide personalized and carefully constructed treatment for children with autism and related disorders. KNR’s model revolves around ongoing assessments and family engagement training that generate optimal clinical outcomes.

About the Autism Learning Center
The Autism Learning Center offers center-based ABA services and home-based ABA programs in Columbus, Georgia. The Autism Learning Center provides interventions to motivate children with Autism Spectrum Disorders or other developmental disabilities to communicate, play, and socially engage independently in their community. The center’s model revolves around standardized and criterion-referenced assessments, academic counseling and training, functional behavior assessments, social skills groups, and research-based play skills providing positive outcomes.

About Shields Capital
Shields Capital is a sustainability-focused healthcare investment firm launched by Jack Shields, founder of Shields Health Solutions, a national specialty pharmacy integrator, and past president of Shields Health Care Group, New England’s largest outpatient imaging provider. Shields Capital incubates healthcare concepts from the idea stage to national scale and exit. The company bypasses venture capital and private equity fundraising standards and ensures that partnering with portfolio leaders goes beyond just capital. Shields Capital has offices in Duxbury, Mass.and Tampa, Floridaand is proud to support KNR Therapy and its impactful work.

Frank Bequer
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