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Dan Dube, front right, with members of the Compass Innovative Behavior Strategies staff. Courtesy photo.
One-Year Growth (2018): 67%
Product/Service: Multidisciplinary clinic providing behavioral, speech and occupational therapy services for clients with autism and other developmental delays.
CEO: Dan Dube
Total Number of Employees: 71
While revenue skyrocketed by 67% last year, “Our growth is not even able to keep up with the demand for autism services,” says Dan Dube, CEO of Compass Innovative Behavior Strategies. Dube, who runs the organization with spouse and co-owner, Ally, says the couple is planning for further expansion.
“The big strategic shift we [took]in 2018 was to open clinics in multiple locations where there was a high concentration of demand in the state,” Dube says. Compass began with one clinic in Concord in 2017 and opened clinics in Nashua and Keene in 2018. Compass provides behavioral, speech and occupational therapy services for clients with autism and other developmental delays and demand for such services continues to rise. Dube says there are many children without services in NH and many providers have a long wait list to help these underserved populations.
The company started Compass Academy, a special education school that caters to students with autism or behavioral issues who don’t excel in a traditional school setting. “School-based funding is a big area of growth for us.” Dube says. The organization also started “Compass Classrooms,” where a team is placed inside a collaborative classroom in a public school, he says, adding that it’s more affordable for school districts struggling to support students with autism and behavioral issues.
Additionally, Compass has moved beyond being an applied behavior analysis provider and into becoming one of the first multidisciplinary providers in the state for special needs and autism, including speech/communication therapy, occupational therapy and feeding therapy. It also started a transportation service for students with special needs. Each van is staffed with a behavioral therapist.