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, and the New River catchment area.
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.