The May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Jacksonville, N.C., offers a comprehensive set of educational and behavioral services for children with ASD and their families, private agencies, and public schools throughout the Crystal Coast area and beyond. The Center also provides services to military families stationed in Camp Lejeune, the New River catchment area, and Cherry Point.
Working closely with the families we serve, our behavior specialists use developmentally appropriate practices based on applied behavior analysis (ABA), the methodology universally recognized as critical for teaching children with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) or other behavioral or developmental disabilities. Our state-of-the-art programming addresses all areas of a child's development including language, peer interactions, and behavior.
Throughout the year, the Center’s staff members organize activities for the families they serve. These events, held at a variety of locations including nearby parks and a local horse farm, enable families to get together, enjoy activities in the community, and talk with each other about common concerns. They also provide a time for staff members to work with children on practicing social skills in different settings.
In cooperation with the Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP), staff provide workshops every other month for families who are not receiving services from the Center and providers who work at the Child Development Centers on base. These workshops offer participants an overview of ABA, functions of behavior, teaching self-help skills, dealing with problem behavior, and teaching functional communication skills to decrease problem behavior.
Staff members also volunteer for EFMP’s Camp Special Time, an overnight camp offered to children with special needs whose families are stationed at Camp Lejeune and New River catchment.
The Center is an approved internship site for applied behavior analysis master’s students from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and has welcomed three interns to date.
Anne Stull, M.A, LPA, BCBA, Clinical Director
Anne received her master's degree in psychology with a clinical concentration in applied behavior analysis (ABA) from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She completed her clinical internship at J. Iverson Riddle Development Center in Morganton, N.C. She is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and a Licensed Psychological Associate (LPA) in North Carolina. She joined May Institute in February 2008, and was the Clinical Director and Senior Behavior Analyst at the May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in Columbus, Ga., before relocating to North Carolina.
Whitney Hendricks, M.A., LPA, BCBA
Whitney received her master's degree in psychology with a clinical concentration in ABA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She completed her clinical internship at The Bay School in Santa Cruz, Calif. She is a BCBA and a LPA in North Carolina. She joined the May Center for ASD/N.C. in September 2009.
Brittany Kersey, M.S., LPA, BCBA
Brittany received her master's degree in psychology with a concentration in ABA from Auburn University. She is a BCBA and LPA in North Carolina. She joined the May Center for ASD/N.C. in June 2010.
Rachel Kolb, M.A., LPA, BCBA
Rachel received her master's degree in psychology with a clinical concentration in ABA from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. She completed her clinical internship through Behavior Consulting, Inc. in Wilmington, N.C. She is a BCBA and LPA in North Carolina. She joined our staff in September 2010.
Amanda Rickard, M.A., BCBA
Amanda joined our team in July 2011 as a clinical intern. She now holds a master's degree in psychology with a clinical concentration in ABA. Amanda is presently working toward her LPA (Licensed Psychological Associate) credential.
Nichole Weakley, M.S., BCBA
Nichole joined the May Center for ASD/N.C. in January 2012. She is currently working toward her doctorate degree and preparing to sit for the LPA examination.
Kristin Withers, M.Ed.
Kristin is a Behavior Specialist who joined us in November 2011. She has a master's degree in Special Education from Wilmington University in Delaware.