Our Philosophy and Mission

Autism ETC’s mission is to provide premier ABA therapy in a school-like setting. Our goal is to prepare children with autism to enter the school system for the first time or to equip children for whom school was not a good fit with the necessary skills to return to the typical school environment. We strive to help each child realize their fullest potential.

Our History

Karen Blake and her husband Steve founded Autism Education & Therapy Center (formerly known as the Autism Foundation of Tennessee) in 2007 following her family’s move to Nashville. Her son, Matthew, was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months of age. He immediately started receiving ABA services in Atlanta and was making great progress.

Upon their arrival in Nashville, the need for center-based ABA therapy was quickly apparent as Mathew started regressing. Karen and Steve founded Autism ETC to address the unmet needs of Middle Tennessee autism community. 

Following the original Nashville clinic, Autism ETC’s first Clarksville location was established in 2009 to meet the needs of the military families of nearby Fort Campbell. The Clarksville office quickly outgrew its existing location. In response, Autism ETC commissioned a state-of-the-art ABA therapy clinic which opened in 2018.

Karen is very proud of how the center has evolved and grown. The top-notch staff is committed to quality programs, and their passion to serve children is inspirational.


Our Future

In 2009, Autism ETC moved to its Holt Road location in South Nashville, employing just seven staff. Ten years later, Autism ETC has seventy employees across its two locations. The Holt Road location is bursting at the seams and will soon be relocating into its new location in the Music Valley area near Opryland Hotel in early 2020. The new facility will allow Autism ETC to triple the number of clients it currently serves in Nashville. This is just the beginning. 

Autism ETC is hiring energetic, caring-minded individuals to help fulfill its mission of helping children and families realize their full potential.

Now Hiring of the Best

Autism ETC is continually searching for the best talent to treat children and change lives.