Founder’s Willingness To Make Mistakes Helps Autism Center Thrive
Oakland-based Social Dynamics provides diagnosis, assessment and therapy to children with autism at eight Bay Area locations and serves about 600 patients.
San Francisco Business Times:
State Bill Fuels Booming Success Of Autism Center
The willingness to make business mistakes, [Pete] Pallares said, helps companies grow, and Social Dynamics has proved this thesis. The center grew from a one-man operation in 2012 to 100 employees in a year. Now Social Dynamics employs 175 people and serves 600 patients, and Pallares hopes to finish 2016 with 300 employees. Pallares’ expertise (he was previously clinical director at Easter Seals Bay Area, a nonprofit that helps those with disabilities) provided a clear path to success in treating children and adults with autism. Like its name suggests, the Center for Social Dynamics focuses mainly on the social side of development. The center incorporates behavior analysis, occupational, speech and psychological therapies. About 80 percent of services are offered in patients’ homes. (Kilpatrick, 10/13)