MIAMI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Acorn Health is pleased to announce that Behavior Therapy Specialists (BTS) in O’Fallon, IL has now joined the Acorn Health family. Behavior Therapy Specialists will serve as a regional platform for providing high quality home- and center-based Applied Behavior Analysis (“ABA”) services to children and adults diagnosed with autism in Southern Illinois and Northern Missouri. With this acquisition, Acorn Health now has operations in Michigan, Florida, Virginia and Illinois, and continues to look for partnerships with high-quality provider groups in existing and adjacent new markets.

Acorn Health is pleased to announce that Behavior Therapy Specialists in O’Fallon, IL has now joined the Acorn Health family.

“We are excited to have Behavior Therapy Specialists join the Acorn Health family, led by their founders, Jenna Kokoski M.Ed., BCBAn and Jessica Dow, M.Ed., BCBA,” said Vicki Kroviak, CEO of Acorn Health. “As our partners, Jenna and Jessica, and their clinical team will help us grow our ability to deliver top quality ABA services to families in need in the Southern Illinois area.”

Autism has been recognized as the fastest growing developmental disability, and identifying at-risk children by two years of age leads to the highest likelihood of early intervention. Research suggests that early intervention programs are beneficial for children with autism spectrum disorder, often improving developmental functioning and decreasing maladaptive behaviors and the severity of symptoms. ABA is one of the most researched and widely accepted forms of behavior therapy for children with autism, and at Acorn Health, clinicians work closely with each family to help their children find their strengths and develop independent, meaningful lives.

“We are thrilled to be expanding our ABA services via our partnership with BTS,” said Krista Boe, a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Acorn Health’s Chief Clinical Officer. “Behavior Therapy Specialists’ clinical team has been serving clients in the area for years and Acorn Health looks forward to working with them to provide additional support and treatment options for local Illinois families.”

Behavior Therapy Specialists is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of Acorn Health – a national provider of Applied behavior analysis therapy, with locations in Michigan, Virginia, Florida, and now, Illinois.

This article originally appeared in an article in BusinessWire.