For families who need more intensive support for their children and adolescents with autism and other developmental disabilities, May Institute offers residential living in one of our community-based homes.
We recognize that the decision to move a child to a residential program can be a difficult one for families. Our staff work diligently to address the needs and concerns of families, and they create a home-away-from-home that is safe and nurturing, where caring for and about each child is the first priority.
In Massachusetts, staff members at our residences work closely with teachers and administrators at the May Center for Child Development school in Randolph, where the children who live in the residences attend school.
Our residential services focus on helping children and adolescents strengthen and generalize independent living skills, and are designed in accordance with each child's Individualized Educational Plan (IEP). Our highly skilled staff provide 24-hour support and supervision to ensure that each child’s unique needs are met.
Each day is designed to reflect a typical day for any child. It begins with breakfast and getting ready for school, and involves the hustle and bustle of a houseful of children in the morning. Children come home from school to snacks and playtime, chores and shared meals. They enjoy typical weekend outings to local stores, libraries, restaurants, and movies, where they strengthen and generalize independent living skills, and simply have fun.
Through every aspect of a child’s residential experience, we emphasize home/school interaction and communication, relying on a strong partnership between May Institute and the family to nurture and support each child.
As children mature, we work closely with families to prepare for the transition to adulthood. Upon graduating from the May Center schools, close to 70 percent of our students transition directly into our day and/or residential services for young adults.
May Institute offers residential services at the following locations: