Guiding Technologies Corporation (GTC) is a Philadelphia-based startup translating four years of research into a great societal benefit: helping individuals with autism reach their full potential. Our flagship product, GAINS™ (Guidance, Assessment and Information System), provides step-by-step ABA therapy support to anyone with a smart phone.
We formed Guiding Technologies first and foremost as a company focused on social impact. Our goal is to increase the quality of life for every person with autism.
ABA therapy is the only system that works to help children with autism develop normally to the point that they can enter mainstream classrooms, but it is expensive and difficult to perform. GAINS is a product designed specifically as a solution to the problems of high difficulty and high cost. It guides anyone wishing to perform ABA therapy step by step, increasing efficiency and reducing training time.
We believe that GAINS™ will dramatically change the way autism is treated—it will revolutionize ABA therapy. Millions of individuals with autism across the globe will receive early effective treatment regimens that will enable them to live more fulfilling lives and reach their full potential.
Autism affects more than 70 million worldwide (>1% of the world’s population), with prevalence of 1 in 68 in the USA. Early, quality therapy can help many with autism improve their IQs, mainstream into educational classrooms and enjoy more fulfilled lives. Without early, quality treatment, there is virtually no chance of this.
Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy is the most effective and scientifically validated approach to remediate the deficits of autism, and is complicated and labor-intensive. In ABA therapy, therapists break skills down into small steps and work on them with children in intensive one-on-one therapy sessions. The therapist observes and measures the child’s performance continuously, and modifies the intervention accordingly. For ABA therapy to be effective, each child requires between 25 and 40 hours of therapy per week, in a variety settings with a variety of instructors. Most states mandate that insurance companies cover ABA therapy; Medicare and DOD's Tricare cover ABA therapy.
Effective ABA instruction can be demanding for both instructors and students. Student readiness for instruction and instructor availability to provide it do not always coincide. Ideally a team of therapy providers consisting of certified behavior analysts, less-skilled therapists, educational assistants, and parents provides therapy throughout the day, every day, in formal and natural settings. Unfortunately reality often does not meet this ideal:
A number of computer-based systems have been developed to assist with the record-keeping aspects of ABA therapy, but—until now—none addresses the actual delivery of therapy.
GTC awarded NSF SBIR Phase 1B funding for “Using Data Mining to Optimally Customize Therapy for Individuals with Autism.”
GTC awarded NSF SBIR Phase I funding for “Using Data Mining to Optimally Customize Therapy for Individuals with Autism.”
GTC is selected to present at the IMPACT 2014 Capital Conference.
GTC is selected to participate in Mid-Atlantic Diamond Ventures (MADV) program.
GTC wins Grand Prize at Temple University’s “Be Your Own Boss Bowl” business plan competition - $120,000 prize.
Guiding Technologies Corporation (GTC) incorporated.
SenseMaking Technologies (Johns Nosek’s predecessor company to Guiding Technologies) receives NSF SBIR Phase 1 grant: “Data-Driven Guiding Technology: Transforming Training and Therapy.” IP transferred to Guiding Technologies in July 2013.
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