LEARN Behavioral Acquires Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP)

BALTIMORE, MD and MILWAUKEE, WI: LEARN Behavioral, the leading network of providers serving children with autism and other special needs, announced today the acquisition of Wisconsin Early Autism Project (WEAP) further expanding its provider network in the Midwest.

Founded in 1995 by Dr. Glen Sallows and Dr. Tamlynn Graupner, WEAP has been a pioneering force in the treatment of autism in Wisconsin and across the world. In addition to being a NIMH approved replication site for the groundbreaking research by Dr. Ivar Lovaas, WEAP played a significant role in advocating for increased access to ABA treatment in Wisconsin. Drs. Sallows and Graupner, who will be retiring as a part of the transaction, commented, “We are so proud of what WEAP has become and are extremely excited about its future. In LEARN, we have found a partner whose national presence and clinical focus will help WEAP prosper while creating new opportunities for our clients and career growth for our employees.” Michael Maloney, LEARN’s CEO, continued, “We are excited to continue Drs. Sallows and Graupner’s legacy of excellence, and we thank them for their contributions to the field.”

WEAP’s Executive Director and 20  year veteran of the company Mary Smith , BCBA, further stated, “For more than 20 years, WEAP has been the premier ABA provider in the state of Wisconsin, and our partnership with LEARN will ensure that we will continue to be for the next 20 years.”

In combination with Autism Spectrum Therapies (AST), LEARN now provides services in three midwestern states, Wisconsin, Illinois and Michigan. Justin Funches, President of LEARN's autism provider network said, “WEAP’s stellar clinical reputation, scale, and legacy of research are tremendous additions to the LEARN Provider Network. We are excited to work together with the WEAP executive leadership team to support more families in Wisconsin and across the rest of the Midwest.”

About Wisconsin Early Autism Project

Founded in 1995, WEAP is the leading provider of behavioral health treatment for young children with autism in Wisconsin.  Using the principles of Applied Behavior  Analysis, WEAP designs intensive treatment programs to form lasting and life-changing gains for its clients. In addition to ABA, WEAP also provides psychological assessments and counseling services.  WEAP has clinics in Madison, Milwaukee (Brookfield), Green Bay and Eau Claire and serve families throughout the state. www.wiautism.com

About LEARN Behavioral

LEARN is the leading network of providers serving children with autism and other special needs. LEARN specializes in behavioral health treatment based on the science of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), and is committed to providing programs and services that are family-focused, community minded, and delivered with the highest clinical integrity. The LEARN team delivers more than 1.5 million hours of services annually and is comprised of more than 3,000 passionate professionals dedicated to nurturing every child’s personal best. www.learnbehavioral.com

Connie Fan