Ryan Marten, Manny Kuntze

Ryan Marten, Manny Kuntze

A pediatric therapy clinic specializing in treating the autism spectrum opened its fourth Arizona location in Gilbert.

Arizona Autism held a ribbon-cutting last week of its new location at 610 N. Gilbert Road.

The pediatric therapy agency offers occupational therapy, speech therapy, physical therapy as well as supportive care services for families such as habilitation, respite and attendant care. 

The business also has locations in Phoenix, Scottsdale and Tucson.

Arizona Autism has only been around for about three years and has no direct association with Arizona Autism United. 

Ryan “Ryker” Marten owns the business and Manny Kunze is the office director for the Gilbert office. 

Marten and his wife, Tori, have a son on the autism spectrum, according to a news release.

The company said Ryan Marten “discovered there wasn’t one place to turn to for all of his son’s pediatric therapy needs. That’s when he met his son’s new master-level occupational therapist Ryan Sherman and everything changed.”

Sherman and Marten teamed up “to create a helpful agency bringing all of the necessary and important pediatric therapy and in-care services under one roof.”

Autism or autism spectrum disorder is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by social impairments, cognitive impairments, communication difficulties and repetitive behaviors.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, autism affects an estimated 1 in 59 children in the United States.

Some children with autism do not show signs of having the disorder until the age of two or three when they begin to display socialization or behavioral difficulties.

The clinic offers both immediate attention to a child’s needs and helps with the development of fine motor skills, self-help skills, self-care skills, communication skills, coordination and balance, socialization skills, sensory integration, and attention and problem-solving skills needed for every stage of their life.

It also provides in-home pediatric care for families, “so hard-working parents and guardians get much-needed breaks as often as they need them,” Arizona Autism says on its website.

All its pediatric care therapists are fully licensed and vetted and are required to continue their education “so they are aptly trained to work with the full spectrum of pediatric autism,” it says.

Information: arizonaautism.com.