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A list of recent May Institute news from print, television, radio, and the internet.

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Communication Tools Help Children with Autism [The Republican, 09/24/14]
Fortunately, there are a number of adaptive communication tools that children with special needs can use to express their preferences and make requests. more


Preparing a Child with Autism for Medical and Dental Visits [The Republican, 09/04/14]
For children who may have sensory issues and be averse to bright lights and unusual noises, these experiences can be quite frightening. more


MHT & BBJ Honor Local CIOs [Boston Business Journal, 07/27/14]
Close to 200 people were in attendance as the Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech honored 10 area CIOs their work. This year's CIO of the Year awards breakfast was held at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. more


May I Ask: May Institute's Sara Helm Offers Tips on Teaching Special Needs Children Good Hygiene [Republican, 06/25/14]
Teaching children good hygiene habits – brushing their teeth, washing themselves, combing their hair, and learning how to use deodorant – is one of the many challenges parents everywhere deal with on a daily basis. more


Employing a Special Workforce [Convenience Store Decisions, 06/05/14]
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Autism Rates Rise Again [District Administration, 06/01/14]
Districts should invest in practices that research has shown to be effective in helping students with autism develop stronger communication and behavioral skills, Rue says. more


May Institute's Erica Kearney Suggests Tips for Going on Vacation with Special Needs Children [Republican, 05/28/14]
Although vacations are meant to be opportunities to relax and enjoy fun activities with the family, they can be stressful if you have a child with special needs. With a little advance planning, however, your next vacation can be one which every member of the family will enjoy. more


Autism Forum to Meet May 7 in Leominster [Telegram, 05/03/14]
This program is part of an annual series that is presented in partnership with the May Institute in order to promote the Special Health Care Needs Collections at the library. more


Boston Business Journal Names 2014 CIO Awards Winners [Boston Business Journal, 05/02/14]
“...These are the leaders who are at the forefront of innovation. These are the CIOs who keep our businesses operating without interruption. These are the people who keep our business systems secure,” said Chris McIntosh, publisher of the Boston Business Journal and Mass High Tech. more


May Institute's Margaret Walsh Shares Tips on Talking to Adults with Autism [Republican, 04/28/14]
While no two people with autism have the same language and social skills, the following guidelines from experts in the field can help ensure your conversations go as smoothly as possible. more


Why I Sent My 'Typical' Kids to a Preschool for Autistic Children [90.9 WBUR, Boston's NPR News Station, 04/25/14]
I loved it right away — the spacious, cheery classrooms, the warm engagement of the staff. It was clear: no one chose to work there who didn’t feel a strong commitment to helping all kinds of children grow. But the main reason I fell for the place was that it felt familiar, like home. more


Which Healthcare CIOs are the Most Active on Twitter? Here are 10 You Should Follow [MedCity News, 04/15/14]
Kevin More (@kmmore) is the CIO for May Institute, a nonprofit that offers educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities. more


All Sides with Ann Fisher [WOSU 89.7 FM, NPR affiliate in Columbus, Ohio, 04/02/14]
Dr. Hanna Rue, Executive Director of the National Autism Center, discusses topics including the new CDC autism rate, recent New England Journal of Medicine study about the development of autism in the womb, access to care, legislation, and insurance. more


The Top 100 Most Social CIOs on Twitter 2014 [Huffington Post, 03/25/14]
May Institute's Chief Information Officer Kevin More Named One of the Top 100 CIOs to Follow on Twitter. The ranking was determined by a combination of factors including twitter list membership, tweet content and volume, number of followers, and other metrics as tallied by several social media influence score providers. more


Self-Management Strategies for Students with Autism [Examiner.com, 01/25/14]
According to the National Autism Center’s National Standards Report, Self-management is amongst the interventions or treatments identified in the category of “established” or effective treatments. more


May I ask? Margaret Walsh of May Institute Says Skills, Independence Help Workers Thrive [Republican, 01/08/14]
In response to recent changes in federal and state policies, three organizations devoted to the welfare of individuals with special needs in Massachusetts have launched an initiative to improve employment opportunities for adults with intellectual disabilities. more


Exceptional People, Exceptional Art [Do It At Cotuit, the newsletter of the Cotuit Center for the Arts, 01/01/14]
"Cotuit Center for the Arts has become a very special place for the individuals in our care," said Shannin Seamans, Assistant Director at May Institute's Day Habilitation program in Mashpee. more


May Institute's West Roxbury food pantry offers helping hand [Wicked Local Roslindale, 12/25/13]
For clients and neighbors, this food pantry is a vital source for food staples. May Institute food pantry manager Sasha Johnson anticipates a busy winter. “We tripled in the amount of households that we service.” more


May Institute's Sarah Helm Says Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders Need to be Attentive on Issues of Bullying [Republican, 10/08/13]
While bullying can seem like an out-of-control social phenomenon, there are steps that parents and families can take to put an end to this problem. more


May Institute's Erica Kearney Says Planning, Preparation and Support Needed for Back to School [Republican, 09/11/13]
For parents of children with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs, ensuring that the back-to-school experience is successful and enjoyable requires additional planning and preparation, and a supportive team of family members, teachers, and other school personnel. more


May I Ask: May Institute's Teka Harris Says Pica Disorder Needs Care, Safety Measures [Republican, 08/14/13]
A person with pica may eat dirt, rocks, screws, nails, hair, feces, crayons, glue, cleaning supplies, plastic, erasers, buttons, paint chips, chalk, wood, glass, needles, rubber bands, cigarette butts or wire. more


Medical Professionals Talk Autism
Dr. Hanna Rue, National Autism Center Executive Director, speaks at the Autism Spectrum Lunch and Learn April 25, 2013, on Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. more


Drastic Numbers Underscore Need for More Autism Services [The Provider, 04/13]
Dr. Lauren Solotar, ABPP, President and CEO of May Institute, and Dr. Hanna Rue, BCBA-D, Executive Director of the National Autism Center, comment on the new estimate released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that says that one in 50 U.S. school children has autism. more


Parents Wonder What's in Store as Autistic Children Age Out of School-based Benefits [Herald News, 04/06/13]
Parents of teens age 15 or 16, should start planning the transition process for their sons or daughters who will be aging out of school-based services, which end at age 22, said Realbuto. more


Changes on the Horizon for Diagnostic Tool for Autism [Herald News, 04/06/13]
“The data collected over the past year is optimistic, but we still need to be cautious and ensure that everyone receives the appropriate services that they need,” said Petruccelli Morelos. more


Autism Lecture April 10 Begins Health Care Series at Leominster Library [Worcester Telegram, 04/05/13]
Caitlin M. Nichols, Ph.D., staff clinician at the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic of the May Institute in West Roxbury, became interested in studying autism after spending a summer working at a camp that catered to children dealing with autism and various behavioral issues. more


Autism lecture April 10 begins health care series at Leominster library
Caitlin M. Nichols, Ph.D., staff clinician at the Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinic of the May Institute, became interested in studying autism after spending a summer working at a camp that catered to children dealing with autism and various behavioral issues. more


Step by Step to Success - Helping young adults move out of the classroom and into the community
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OSU will test drug to treat autism [The Columbus Dispatch, 12/24/12]
Ohio State University's Nisonger Center is among more than 85 research sites in the United States evaluating the use of the drug memantine on social interaction and communication among children with autism. more


Adapting K12 for Students with Autism [District Administration Magazine, 12/18/12]
Educators are learning that there are scientifically proven treatments and protocols that can help them meet federal and state requirements, stretch budgets, avoid litigation and assist families who must continue educating students long after the last bell rings. more


May Institute: Many preemies eligible for early intervention services [Republican, 12/05/12]
Early intervention is a program funded through the state's Department of Public Health that provides supports to children from birth to age three. Children may be eligible for services if they have a developmental delay. more


May I Ask: May Institute's Teka Harris says allowing right to refuse helps encourage on-task behavior [Republican, 11/14/12]
Have you ever been faced with a task that you didn't want to begin, or been in the middle of an activity you didn't feel like completing? For some individuals with intellectual disabilities, communicating their desire to refuse, postpone, or end a task or activity may be extremely difficult, if not impossible. more


Happy Hornet offers positive feedback at Jordan Jackson [Wicked Local Mansfield, 11/08/12]
The "Happy Hornet" has created a buzz throughout the Jordan Jackson Elementary School. The black and yellow insect serves as a mascot for the school's Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) program. more


May I Ask? Concussion in girls [Medfield Press, 11/03/12]
A recent study conducted at MedStar Research Institute and published in the American Journal of Sports Medicine examined three high school sports that are most similar for boys and girls — basketball, soccer and baseball/softball — and reported that girls consistently suffered twice as many concussions as boys. more


Grant From Drug Store Helps Provide Education for Children with Autism [Jacksonville Daily News, 10/23/12]
“Before Ann came he didn't talk. It was very hard for him. Everything was really frustrating for him; but she taught him how to talk, go to the bathroom and how to communicate with me and everyone else,” Tracey said. more


Safe Housing Nurtures Individual Skills, Independence [Republican, 9/19/12]
When a young person with autism or another developmental or intellectual disability turns 22, he or she "graduates" into the world of adult services. This can be a challenging time for both the student and his or her family. more


New Guide to Evidence Based Practice and Autism in the US [AutismEurope.org, 9/01/12]
“Finding information about autism is easy. It is much more difficult to find reliable information that has withstood the rigors of science, is comprehensive in scope, and is accessible and easy to read,” says Hanna C. Rue, PhD, BCBA-D. more


May Institute's Hanna Rue Provides Guidance for Parents of Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders [Republican, 8/13/12]
Learning more about evidence-based practice is one way parents can gain more confidence as they begin the process of identifying effective treatment options. more


Think of People as Souls [Cape Cod Times, 8/03/12]
James sings soulfully, plays bass guitar, and works at a mental health facility, Cove Club in Harwich Port, that nurtures recovery of troubled souls. more


Summer Life-Saving Tips for Parents of Children with Autism and Other Special Needs [AutismNewsWire, 6/23/12]
In recognition of National Safety Month, we offer the following safety tips for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders and other special needs. These basic safety skills may someday become critical life-saving skills. more


Couples Counseling [Medfield Press, 6/11/12]
It is estimated that as many as 20 percent of all couples experience marital distress at one time or another during their married lives. more


Safety First For Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders [WebMD, 6/01/12]
All parents worry about their children’s health, happiness, and general well-being, but parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities must often make extraordinary efforts to ensure that their sons and daughters are safe both inside and outside the home. more


When Words Hurt [Exceptional Parent, 6/01/12]
People can be cruel even when they don't mean to be. The looks of disapproval, litany of unsolicited advice, and careless references directed at a person with autism or special needs--or their family--can be as emotionally painful as any physical injury sustained. more


Regular Praise can Head off Attention-seeking Disruptions [Republican, 5/09/12]
A high-five, a smile or a pat on the back are great ways to acknowledge someone. When these rewards are provided on a regular basis, his or her motivation to act out for attention is reduced. more


Photo Gallery: Celebrating Arbor Day! [WickedLocal – Randolph Herald, 4/30/12]
Photo spread of 11 images of the Arbor Day Celebration at May Institute featuring a tree donation to the Institute, dedication, readings, presentations and a site tour. more


Alternative Ways To Treat Difficult Cases [Fox 25 News, 4/19/12]
Dr. Hanna Rue interviewed on Fox 25 News. more


'Anorexia Nervosa' [Medfield Press, 4/24/12]
Self-starvation and excessive exercising are two of the most common symptoms of anorexia nervosa. In addition, most people with anorexia deny they have a problem. more


Health Newsmakers [SouthCoastToday.com, 4/22/12]
Dr. Jeanne Paccia has been named director of the Fernandes Center for Children & Families at Saint Anne's Hospital. The Center is a joint partnership between Saint Anne's and May Institute. more


As Randolph Children with Autism Doubles, Resources & Awareness Increase [Randolph Herald, 4/20/12]
“Parents have a lot of options,” she said. “We are focused on evidence-based practices and trying to provide education and treatment with high quality science behind them.” more


Top 4 Weekend Musts [Clarksville Now.com, 4/20/12]
April is Autism Awareness Month and the Army Community Service Exceptional Family Member Program, along with ACS Family Advocacy Program and May Institute plans to spread awareness within the Fort Campbell and surrounding communities by hosting the third annual Fort Campbell Walk for Autism. more


Towne House Clubhouse Work Program Offers a Fresh Start [Fall River Herald News, 4/13/12]
“I went to Towne House. They helped me through,” Vancott said. “They gave me back my courage.” more


Gaining Fluency Skills Key to Learning [The Republican, 4/11/12]
Learning new social, language, and daily living skills can be challenging for children with autism and other developmental disabilities, but acquiring those skills is only the first step of the learning process. more


Parent to Parent: Making the Case for Evidence-based Practice (pdf) [Exceptional Parent, April 2012]
Parents who have chlidren with a new ASD diagnosis are faced with more information than they can possibly absorb, and a series of decisions to make as their children grow and develop. They must understand the world of ASD well enough to navigate it. more


The Parent Report with Doug Cope [WBZ NewsRadio 1030AM, 4/06/12]
WBZ's Doug Cope speaks with Doctor Gary Pace at the May Center for Education and Neurorehabilitation in Brockton, who says if a student suffers a concussion playing sports, there's a higher chance for suffering a further, more serious injury if the first injury is not reported. more


10 Things Not to Say to Parents of Children with Autism [The Austin American Statesman, 4/04/12]
To help inform the public during National Autism Awareness Month in April, parents of children with autism enrolled at May Institute's special education schools were asked to identify hurtful or insensitive remarks that have been directed at them and their families. more


IPads Help Chattanooga Students With Autism Communicate [Chattanooga Times Free Press, 4/3/12]
"Children with autism respond really well to consistency. And computer-based devices give us the ultimate kind of consistency," said Kay, a board-certified behavior analyst and licensed psychologist. "This has opened up the world to kids." more


Cause of Autism Still a Missing Piece of the Puzzle for Doctors, Families [Fall River Herald News, 4/1/12]
Dr. Marisa Petruccelli Morelos, clinical director at the May Institute’s Autism Spectrum Disorders Clinic said the major anticipated change is collapsing of the specific disorders within the autism spectrum (autism, PPD-NOS, Asperger’s and childhood disintegrative disorder) into a single new category called autism spectrum disorder. more


ABA Therapy Helps Autistic Kids Develop Positive Habits [Fall River Herald News, 4/1/12]
The ABA method of teaching has been in use for more than 35 years, and today, Pinnock said, it’s the most common form of teaching for children with autism. It can be done with a trained therapist during in-home sessions and at schools and day programs. more


Early Intervention is the Place to start if you Suspect Child is Exhibiting Delays [Fall River Herald News, 4/1/12]
When discussing autism spectrum disorders, which involve delays in speech as well as social impairments, both Dr. Jeannine Audet and Dr. Nina Pinnock of the Fernandes Center for Children & Families stressed the importance of catching the delays early and starting treatment as soon as possible. more


Possible Change in Autism Definition Raises Concern [New England Psychologist, 4/1/12]
Given the uncertainty about the proposed changes, Petruccelli says that individuals treated at the National Autism Center are concerned that their access to services may be affected. more


OUR VIEW: Making the Pieces of Autism Fit [Fall River Herald News, 3/31/12]
“I think we’ve made gains in knowing that it’s a neurological disorder. It’s not parenting, it’s not external factors. It’s a neurological disorder so we know there’s definitely a biological piece.” more


Chief Executive Officer of May Institute Named [Healthcare Review, 3/31/12]
“Through the years, Dr. Solotar has not only demonstrated outstanding clinical and leadership skills, but also tremendous loyalty to and respect for May Institute, its employees, and the important services we provide to the individuals in our care,” said Dr. Christian. more


Chief Executive Officer of May Institute Named [ HealthCare Review, 3/31/12]
“I am confident that she will be an excellent leader and that our organization will continue to thrive and grow with her at the helm.” more


May Institute Raises $180K from 2011 Rodman Ride for Kids [Massnonprofit.org, 3/30/12]
“We are extremely grateful to the Rodman Ride and all of our supporters for helping us make a difference in the lives of the children we serve.” more


Adaptive Technology on Apple iPad Helps People with Autism Communicate [Ripten, 3/08/12]
Matthew Emmi, a 12-year-old autistic boy is using an Apple iPad to be able to communicate with family and friends....Using an Apple iPad at his school, the May Institute in Woburn, Massachusetts, he was able to make requests or greet others by touching icons on the iPad’s screen. more


iPad Gives Boy a Voice at his Bar Mitzvah [Boston Sunday Globe, 3/4/12]
Suzanne and Michael Emmi decided their son’s autism would not prevent him from having a bar mitzvah. “Because of the issues in his life, he’s not going to have a wedding or a high school or college graduation,” his mother said. “We wanted him to have that opportunity to have a special moment and shine.” more


iPad Lends Helping Hand to Autistic Boy [My Fox Boston, 3/4/12]
During his school days at the May Institute in Woburn, Matthew began using an iPad to help him make simple requests or perform greetings by touching icons….For this family, having their son participate in his own bar mitzvah was a big deal, and the iPad made that possible. more


What Women Over 40 Should Know About Eating Disorders [Norwood Transcript and Bulletin, 2/27/12]
It’s not just teenage girls who are willing to starve themselves or “binge and purge.” Today, more and more women in their 40s, 50s, and 60s are seeking help for eating disorders as they battle slowing metabolisms and thickening waistlines. more


May Institute Starts Leadership Change By Naming Solotar CEO [massnonprofit.org, 2/23/12]
"I look forward to collaborating with our remarkably capable and caring staff to help me meet this challenge," said Solotar. "Working together, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of the children, adults, and families we serve.” more


May Institute Now Serving Savannah [The Savannah Tribune, 9/19/12]
This newest Center enables May Institute to provide home-based therapy and other autism-related services to families in all branches of the military stationed at installations in 10 states throughout the country. more


Lynn Schools’ Autism Program Rates Kudos [The Daily Item, 2/13/12]
“Everyone was doing the best they could but it was evident the kids needed structure and support,” Meninno said. “No data was being collected, there was no system in place.” Meninno said she was familiar with the May Institute and contacted the organization for help. more


Techniques of Applied Behavior Analysis Found to be Effective [The Republican, 1/11/12]
Hundreds of scientific studies have shown that ABA is the most effective method to teach individuals with ASD and other developmental disabilities. more


Adjusting to a New Stepfamily [Medfield Press, 01/09/12]
My dad died 10 years ago, when I was four. My mom got remarried recently, and now I have a “new” father and a 12-year-old stepbrother. Mom seems very happy with her new family, but I’m miserable. What should I do? more


My Son Had His First Visit to the May Institute's ASD Clinic [CafeMom, 12/21/11]
The woman was wonderful with him, gave him proper direction and joked around and made him feel comfortable. more


10 Ways to Support Families of Children with Autism During the Holiday Season [New Jersey Family, December 2011]
Looking for ways to make the holiday season more meaningful this year? If you have a friend or family member with a child with autism, why not offer a helping hand? more


National Autism Center Publishes Autism Manual for Parents [Autism Newswire, 12/15/11]
Parents and caregivers everywhere are eager for credible, research-based information on the most effective treatments for Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). more


Deployed in December: Strategies for Celebrating the Holidays When a Spouse is Overseas [Exceptional Parent, December 2011]
For military families with loved ones overseas during the holidays, December can be one of the most difficult times of the year. more


Do Touch-screen Tablets Make Good Gifts for Children with Autism? [masslive.com, 12/07/11]
As the holiday season approaches, many families of children on the autism spectrum may wonder if a portable touch screen tablet would be the perfect gift. more


New Program Helps Students Model Positive Peer Actions [MetroWest Daily News, 12/04/11]
Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports, or PBIS, is a model schools’ staff, students and parents work on together that highlights exactly how students are expected to act in certain situations, and then reward them for doing it. more


Dr. Crocker Helped Children with Developmental Needs [AAP News, 12/01/11]
His career was focused on developmental-behavioral pediatrics. For contributions to the health and well-being of children with disabilities, he received the AAP Arnold J. Capute Award in 2007 and the AAP Anderson Aldrich Award in 2001. more


A New Resource from the National Autism Center [About.com, 11/30/11]
I found the National Standards Report especially helpful and will keep my copy handy. I share a synopsis of its contents here, hoping that it will be a helpful resource for you as well. more


Towne House Clubhouse Serves Up Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner [Herald News, 11/23/11]
The group of members and volunteers prepared turkeys and all the fixings with help from sponsors like the Venus de Milo, which cooked 22 turkeys in its ovens and delivered the birds for the meal. more


Halloween Spirit [Santa Cruz Sentinel, 11/07/11]
For the past three years my son’s class from The Bay School, a nonprofit program educating students with autism and developmental disabilities, has driven up the coast to a family pumpkin patch by the sea. more


Manual Addresses Autism Teaching [Education Week, 10/26/11]
Given the challenges of providing appropriate services to a diverse and increasingly numerous student population in this country with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), the need for evidence-based practice in our schools has never been so urgent. more


Where Are the Autism Teaching Competencies? [Education Week, 09/20/11]
The first step is to identify evidence-based autism-teaching procedures. The National Autism Center is a good starting point. It published the National Standards Project in 2010. more


Active Duty: Helping Helping Parents Become Effective Members of Their Child’s IEP Team [Exceptional Parent, September 2011]
Jaxson’s successful transition from a special needs classroom to a typical classroom would not have been possible without intensive early intervention and effective behavioral therapy... more


May Institute Given $20,000 Grant from the New York Center for Autism [Boston Globe, 07/31/11
May Institute was given a $20,000 grant from the New York Center for Autism, part of the proceeds from Comedy Central’s “2010 Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism.’’ more


Auburn Students Bring June Summer Program to Local Children with Disabilities [The Auburn Plainsman, 07/07/11]
During the program, University students use practices outlined by the National Autism Center to create the best environment for growth. more


May Institute Receives $20K Grant [massnonprofit.org, 07/06/11]
The May Institute was awarded a $20,000 grant from the New York Center for Autism. The grant represents a portion of the proceeds from Comedy Central’s 2010 Night of Too Many Stars: An Overbooked Concert for Autism Education. more


New England CIO Innovation Awards; New England CIOs' Innovation Driving Company Success [Mass High Tech,, 06/08/11]
Mass High Tech and Boston SIM will recognize chief information officers who exemplify how innovation in the use of information technology and in IT strategy can bring success to their organizations. more


Article Says Autism Treatments Fall Short; Experts Say They Still Help Some [New England Psychologist, June 2011]
“The results of the full report should be taken into consideration along with other peer-reviewed literature,” says Hanna C. Rue, Ph.D., BCBA-D. more


Weight Loss Wisdom [MindFoot, 05/16/11]
Lauren Solotar, chief psychologist at the May Institute, says, “When we eat in front of the television, we aren’t paying attention to what we are eating.” more


May Institute Presents Salute to Safety [Muscogee Moms, 04/11/11]
Salute to Safety is an event created to help children with special needs become confident with law enforcement and emergency service providers while having fun! more


May Institute Ad Campaign on MBTA Promotes Autism Awareness [Patriot Ledger, 04/05/11]
This year the campaign, “What Does Autism Look Like?” showcases four new faces among the nine children, adolescents, and young adults featured. more


A Full Plate: Helping a Child with Rett Syndrome Thrive and Grow [Exceptional Parent, April 2011]
Rett syndrome is a rare neurodevelopmental disability that is currently considered an autism spectrum disorder. Unlike autism, which affects more boys than girls, Rett syndrome almost exclusively affects girls. more


May Institute Raises $193K for Critical Children’s Services [massnonprofit.org, 03/25/11]
May Institute’s donors are tremendously committed to supporting programs for the children we serve. The number of donors involved grows yearly as families, staff and friends who participate in the Ride share this incredibly powerful experience with others. more


Clubhouses a Lifeline for Mentally Ill [Cape Cod Times, 03/11/11]
Everyone needs community. We need a smile and eye contact. We need to talk to others. We need a caring hand. We need shared experience. We need a role. We cannot go alone. more


Neighborhood of the Week: Purchase Street, Fall River [Fall River Herald News, 03/10/11]
Towne House Clubhouse teaches life skills and offers support to people suffering from mental illness and addiction. more


May Institute’s Parent Share Support Group [Muscogee Moms, 03/08/11]
Come learn about autism-related topics, facilitated by board-certified staff of the May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. more


Skills Training Must Fit Learners' Needs [The Republican, 03/02/11]
Adults with developmental disabilities can learn a variety of life-enhancing skills. They can learn to complete household tasks, make financial transactions, tend to their personal hygiene, and facilitate appropriate interactions with others. more


May Institute Purchase Expands Footprint, Services [New England Psychologist, March 2011]
New construction on an old building is allowing May Institute in Randolph, Mass., to expand several of its programs geared toward providing educational... more


Free Job Fair at FSU - Panama City Campus [WMBB.com ABC News, 02/22/11]
William Flood from the May Institute, Southeast Region, will provide a lecture on Intensive Behavioral Services:  A Case Series of a Systematic Probing and Fading Model. more


Breakthroughs: Autism - A panel discussion at Big Think
Dr. Susan Wilczynski was featured in a recent panel discussion hosted by Big Think. “Breakthroughs: Autism” highlights cutting-edge autism research and features top luminaries in the field. more


Be Specific in Praise to Teach Good Behavior [The Republican, 01/05/11]
Those of us who work with individuals with special needs find verbal praise particularly effective. It is the easiest form of positive reinforcement you can provide. It does not cost anything, and it never runs out. more


The Science Behind Autism Treatment & Therapy [Indy’s Child, 01/01/11]
Parents who receive a diagnosis of autism for their child often get the news and are left to discern the best course of treatment for themselves. It can understandably be overwhelming. Thanks to the National Autism Center... more


Seasonal Affective Disorder [Walpole Times, 12/29/10]
Now that winter is here, I know I’m in for my annual bout with the blues. My doctor says I have seasonal affective disorder. Is this a common condition? more


May Institute to Buy Building [Boston Globe, 12/26/10]
Aided by a $16 million tax-exempt bond issued by MassDevelopment, the May Institute plans to buy 14 Pacella Park Drive in Randolph, which it currently uses for a day rehabilitation program and administrative offices. more


Bay School Students to Showcase Winter Bird Art at Downtown Boutique [Santa Cruz Sentinel, 12/16/10]
Students at The Bay School are creating papier mache birds, bowls and paper parasols in a charming art project that will be displayed at a downtown boutique in January. more


Coping with Autism Not Easy at Holidays [The Republican, 12/15/10]
Looking for ways to make the holiday season more meaningful this year? Why not offer a helping hand to families who have children with autism? Here are some ways you can help. more


May buys Randolph Building, Thanks to $16 Million MassDevelopment Bond [Randolph Herald, 12/14/10]
The organization plans to use bond proceeds to purchase 14 Pacella Park Drive in Randolph, which it currently uses for a day habilitation program and administrative offices. more


National Autism Center Educator Manual Earning Rave Reviews [Boston Business Journal, 12/13/10]
With thousands of copies already in circulation, the National Autism Center's autism manual for educators – "Evidence-Based Practice and Autism in the Schools" – is receiving high marks from educators in the special education community. more


Learning Each Other’s Language [Autism Advocate, December 2010]
Strategies to Improve Communication Between Neurotypicals and Individuals on the Autism Spectrum more


Family Matters: Enlisting the Family to Ensure Successful Early Intervention for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders [Exceptional Parent, December 2010]
The continuing story of Caleb Dills and how important family support is to a child with an autism spectrum disorder. more


Borders Helps Raise Funds for Special Needs Services [RetailingToday.com, 11/30/10]
Borders and the May Institute, a national nonprofit serving children and adults with autism and other special needs, announced that they are partnering this holiday season to raise funds for critical services during May Institute's Benefit Days at Borders, Dec. 3 to 5. more


Towne House Serves Dinner to Members, Community [The Herald News, 11/25/10]
It was a day for celebrating friends and personal accomplishments made at Towne House, a club house run by the May Institute for people living with mental illness. more


May Institute Provides Autism Therapies in Military Communities [Healing Thresholds, 11/18/10]
The May Institute has increased its presence in the Kentucky/Tennessee military arena. They are now offering services for families stationed at Ft. Cambell. more


Fighting Back: Helping Students with Special Needs Build Skills, Prevent Bullying [Exceptional Parent, November 2010]
This article gives readers an inside look at one family's experience and offers insights on what parents can do to help their children with special needs develop skills and strategies to deal with bullies. more


Ride On…Todson Sponsors May Institute; Salutes Successful 2010 Rodman Ride [prlog.org, 11/04/10]
For the fourth consecutive year, North Attleboro-based Todson, Inc., distributor of Topeak bicycle accessories and OnGuard Locks, sponsored the May Institute’s Rodman Ride team. more


The Next Piece of Autism Puzzle: Yawning? [abcnews.com, 09/15/10]
Study finds response to contagious yawning may yield insight. Dr. Susan Wilczynski of the National Autism Center, a program of May Institute, interviewed. more


Helping Kids with Special Needs Avoid Bullying [Boston Parents Paper, September 2010]
An article by May clinician Shannon Kay, Ph.D., BCBA-D
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Communication Skills Aid in Expressing Pain [The Republican, 07/07/10]
An article by May clinician Teka J. Harris more


Ride on…Todson signs on as corporate sponsor for May Institute’s Rodman Ride For Kids team [PR Workzone, 06/30/10]
Todson has matched their 2009 contribution of $5000 once again for the 2010 Rodman Ride and has also donated a bike and Red Sox tickets for the Ride’s raffle. more


May Institute Receives Excellence Award at Nonprofit Awareness Day [massnonprofit.org, 06/14/10]
May Institute was honored for the impact of its National Standards Report that guides tens of thousands of families impacted by autism as well as a traveling exhibit to show the voices and faces of autism. more


Courageous Corner [The Boston Globe, 06/08/10]
“Zack is the nicest kid who ever went to this school, hands down,’’ said co-class president Emma Sagan, weeping after watching Zack recently receive the school’s Director’s Cup award for his courage. “Before the injury. After the injury. You ask any kid and that’s what they’ll say.’’ more


Bullies Target Special Needs Students [The Republican, 06/02/10]
Dr. Shannon Kay's most recent article focuses on preventing bullying in schools more


May Institute, Dana Farber Invite Donors to Bone Marrow Drive [The Enterprise, 05/11/10]
The May Institute is hoping members of the community can pitch in, to help one of their own in his fight with cancer. more


Healthcare Review Highlights May Institute Autism Awareness Campaign [Healthcare Review, 04/30/10]
May Institute and LoJack Corporation team up to launch a powerful public awareness campaign during April – National Autism Awareness Month – on the MBTA that features photos and stories of children with autism as well as important information about the disorder. more


Local Techs Lending a Hand [Mass High Tech, 04/28/10]
This year’s "What Does Autism Look Like?" campaign includes more than 1,000 informational pieces on the MBTA system, including 125 platform posters in dozens of subway and commuter rail stations, and 900 educational car cards displayed in subway cars and buses. more


Report from Salute to Safety [WTVM, 04/17/10]
Southeast Regional Autism Center Community Outreach Specialist Amy Bontrager is interviewed during the event. more


Safe Kids Columbus: A Salute to Safety [WTVM, 04/14/10]
Southeast Regional Autism Center Community Outreach Specialist Amy Bontrager previews the upcoming Salute to Safety. more


Autism Awareness: Is proximity a factor in diagnosing autism? [Boston.com, 04/12/10]
Maybe you've seen the posters hanging in T and commuter rail stations -- photos and stories of children with autism, and a question: "What does autism look like?" more


May Institute, LoJack Team up to Promote Autism Awareness [massnonprofit.org, 04/08/10]
May Institute in Randolph, which provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services, has launched a statewide autism awareness campaign that aims to counter widely held stereotypes about the disorder. more


Weymouth Teen Fighting Brain Tumor Finds Time to Help Others [The Boston Globe, 04/04/10]
At the May Center, Declan has exceeded goals. In addition to academics, he also sees speech, occupational, and physical therapists nearly every day. His social skills are improving. Every Friday, he volunteers at a soup kitchen in Brockton. more


Ruling that MMR vaccines don’t cause autism cements research [New England Psychologist, 04/01/10]
A March 12 ruling by special masters of the U.S. Court of Federal Claims favored the many controlled studies around the world finding no casual relationship between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccination (MMR) and the autism found in one out of 110 children in the United States. more


SERAC presents 2nd Annual Salute to Safety [Muscogee Moms, 04/01/10]
First responders will be present to teach families and children with special needs how to stay safe and respond in the event of an emergency. Children will be able to explore the wonders of emergency vehicles – inside and out! more


Autism awareness campaign planned [Patriot Ledger, 04/01/10]
The May Institute, a Randolph-based nonprofit organization that serves people with autism, is launching a public awareness campaign this month to draw attention to the issue of autism in children. more


Safety First for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders [Exceptional Parent, 04/01/10]
All parents worry about their children’s health, happiness, and general well-being, but parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other developmental disabilities must often make extraordinary efforts to ensure that their sons and daughters are safe both inside and outside the home. more


The Challenge of Preparing for the Future [Connecticut Parent Magazine, 04/01/10]
The May Institute in Massachusetts, one of the country’s largest concentrations of clinicians with expertise in autism, became the final piece to completing Eli’s educational puzzle. more


No April Fools - Tomorrow Begins Autism Awareness Month [EmaxHealth, 03/31/10]
The May Institute, a national nonprofit organization that serves people with autism and other special needs is bringing a powerful public awareness campaign to millions of commuters in Massachusetts. more


Prevent Brain Injury [Fall River Herald Parents & Kids, 03/26/10]
Traumatic brain injury is a leading cause of death and disability among America’s youth. It is most often the result of motor vehicle or bicycle accidents, falls, sporting accidents, violence, or abuse. more


Puzzling Through - New Ways to Teach Children with Autism [Boston Parents Paper, 03/01/10]
Sixty or more years ago, if you had a child with autism, you’d likely be told to put him in a mental health institution and move on with your life. Today, there are many treatment options. more


Lauren Solotar, Chief Psychologist for May Institute, Offers Strategies for Parents and Teens to Combat Cyber Bullying [The Republican, 02/03/10]
What can teens do to keep from becoming victims of cyber bullying? more


Corporate Training Gets Lesson from Online Education Tech [Mass High Tech, 01/06/10]
Distance learning has broken down many barriers to obtaining a college degree, allowing almost anyone in the world to take a course and pass it, regardless of where they live or what their day job may be. more


Strategy Can Help Autistic, Special Needs People with Tasks [The Republican, 01/06/10]
Motivation and compliance are challenges that parents and teachers of children with autism and other special needs must deal with daily. more


May Institute Listed as One of Massachusett's Largest Nonprofit Organizations [Boston Business Journal, 12/11/09]
May Institute is ranked as one the area's largest nonprofit organizations by the Boston Business Journal. more


Meeting the Special Needs of Children with Autism and Their Typically Developing Siblings [Exceptional Parent, 12/01/09]
When Katelynn was 21 months old, she was diagnosed with autism; a few months later, the family’s youngest child was born. Meeting the special needs of all their children became a daily challenge for these young parents. more


Towne House Clubhouse Members Reconnect Over Pre-holiday Meal [The Herald News, 11/26/09]
“You can see a lot of smiling faces, people having a good time,” said Mayor-elect Will Flanagan, who gave helpings of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy and peas alongside other local officials and volunteers. more


Community Voices: Thankful for Chance to Keep Serving Community [The Herald News, 11/13/09]
As a Clubhouse model program that has supported the recovery of adults with a history of mental illness in Fall River for the past 25 years, it is especially rewarding to know that so many of our fellow citizens, legislators and Clubhouse members care enough to take the time to support our cause. more


Military Families Battle Against Autism
At first glance, the Driscolls look like any other family at the park. But then, with very little warning, 11-year-old Paul starts to break down. more


Correctly Diagnosing Autism More Important Than Ever [Provider Magazine, 11/01/09]
The increase in the number of children with autism spectrum disorders is cause for profound concern and a renewed call to action. more


Patrick's Budget-balancing Plan Won't Touch Local Aid [The Herald News, 10/29/09]
Patrick’s cuts appeared to spare the Towne House Clubhouse in Fall River and other rehabilitation and recovery centers. more


Towne House Rehab Program Faces Threat of Closure [The Herald News, 10/28/09]
Gov. Deval Patrick has proposed cuts at the Department of Mental Health, among other places, to help close a budget deficit of up to $600 million. more


Clinging to an Unraveling Safety Net [The Boston Globe, 10/22/09]
Individuals with autism and brain injuries, served by May Institute programs, were among those that visited the governor's office in response to a possible human services budget cut of $40 million to $60 million. more


The Team Approach to Helping Children with Autism Succeed at Home, School, and in the Community [Exceptional Parent, 10/01/09]
For the estimated 20,000 active duty military families who are raising children with autism or other developmental disabilities, the challenges of this responsibility are compounded by frequent relocations that necessitate readjusting to new homes, schools, and communities, and building new relationships with different therapists and teachers. more


Through the Trees: Twin Teenagers Learn to Manage Symptoms of Autism with Outdoor Activities [Advance for Physical Therapists & PT Assistants, 09/21/09]
Will and Jeff are proof that engaging in regular activity may offer a variety of benefits for individuals with autism. more


“Cars for Classrooms” Charitable Campaign for Autism [Muscogee Moms, 08/03/09]
What does an innovative, award-winning toy maker, nationally recognized May Institute, and the National Autism Center all have in common? more


May I Ask? Column Offers Tips for Managing Tough Transitions [Fall River Parents and Kids, 08/19/09]
The article offers advice for helping girls with developmental disabilities deal with puberty. more


Cape Couple Develop Practical Application for iPhone [Cape Cod Times, 08/18/09]
May Institute's Chief Clinical Officer Dennis Russo, Ph.D., ABPP, ABBP, discusses the use of technology in teaching children with autism. more


Asperger Syndrome and the Difficulties of Diagnosing and Treating Related Conditions [Exceptional Parent, August 2009]
Not all children and adolescents with Asperger syndrome are as fortunate as Jose. Misdiagnosis is common. So is a lack of understanding that Asperger syndrome is often accompanied by other disorders. more


The Story of the May Institute Keeps Adding Happy Endings [The OARACLE, July 2009]
May Institute featured in Organization for Autism Research Monthly E-Newsletter. more


Dreams Come True for Students at Randolph's May Center [The Patriot Ledger, 06/16/09]
May Center for Child Development in Randolph holds its first prom. more


May Institute's Alan Harchik Describes Treatment Protocols Available to Help Children with Traumatic Brain Injuries [The Republican, 06/10/09]
Educators and clinicians need to adapt their use of analysis procedures for children with brain injury. more


Human Capital: People on the Move [Boston Business Journal, 05/27/09]
Ralph Sperry is named Senior Vice President of Consultation Services at May Institute. more


Living with Autism [The Benning Report and the Pentagon Channel, 05/25/09]
May Institute Southeast Regional Autism Center featured in Fort Benning's news program. more


Sibling Jealousy [The Herald News, 05/21/09]
Sibling jealousy is a difficult reality for many families, and can be more complicated for the brothers and sisters of children with special needs. more


Protesters at State House Voice Opposition to Possible Budget Cuts [The Patriot Ledger, 05/20/09]
Were the cuts to go through, an estimated 11,000 adults would lose family support and respite services, according to the ARC of Massachusetts, an advocacy group. Another 11,000 would lose either day habilitation or employment services. more


Economic Woes Can Lead to Anxiety an Family Problems [West Roxbury Transcript, 04/29/09]
May Institute's Lauren Solotar answers a question about how the bad economy can lead to poor health. more


Somerville's Anna Yu is the New Face of Autism in MBTA, May Institute Campaign [Somerville Journal, 04/19/09]
Anna Yu, student at the May Center for Child Development in Randolph, is one of the faces of the public autism awareness campaign. more


Photos and Stories Exhibited Throughout MBTA [Autism Society of America, 04/09/09]
Autism Society of America helps get the word out about the May Institute MBTA campaign. more


May Institute Student Anna Yu Featured on the Cover of Autism Spectrum Quarterly Magazine [Autism Spectrum Quarterly, 04/08/09]
Seven-year-old Anna Yu of Somerville, Massachusetts is a happy little girl who loves music class, musical books, painting, and Play-Doh. more


May Institute Shows the Faces of Autism to Boost Awareness [PRWeek, 04/02/09]
May Institute autism public awareness campaign featured in PRWeek magazine. more


Building Life Skills for Children with Asperger Syndrome [Exceptional Parent Magazine, 04/20/09]
How ABA training and support from the Southeast Regional Autism Center helped one family to better understand their son. By Eileen G. Pollack, MA and Dennis C. Russo, Ph.D., ABPP. more


BOSS Volunteers Join Families at Little Creek Farm. [The Bayonet, 03/25/09]
Nearly 30 Soldiers with the Better Opportunities for Single Soldiers Program volunteered to help children and families for a day of horseback riding and a cookout at Little Creek Farm in Upatoi, Ga. more


Working With Students With Autism [Education Week, 01/28/09]
Marcie W. Handler, Ph.D., director of home and school consultation at May Institute, was one of three national experts who participated in a live chat entitled, “Working with Students with Autism.” more


New Pediatric Center Opening in San Jose [KLIV 1590 Silicon Valley News, 01/25/09]
Children with disabilities in San Jose will soon have a new location to go to the doctor. A new pediatric center is set to open at the Blossom Hill Medical Center. more


Collaboration, Donation Help Set Up Hub for Autism Services [Silicon Valley / San Jose Business Journal, 01/16/09]
With autism cases at an all-time high, the Pediatric Specialty Center in San Jose opened its doors this week to address the need for diagnosis and treatment services. more


Children Must Be First and Foremost [San Jose Mercury News, 12/31/08]
From developmental disabilities services to school readiness, to mental health and general wellness programs, First 5 has expanded our state's capacity to serve young, at-risk children. more


Advocates Rally for Mental Health Funding [The Herald News, 12/09/08]
Advocates for mental health organizations rallied in Boston on Tuesday to preserve state money for Townhouse Clubhouse and other facilities across the state that serve the mentally ill. more


Strategies to Help Children with Special Needs Enjoy Successful Community Outings [Exceptional Parent Magazine, 12/01/08]
With careful planning and a lot of patience and love, community outings can be enjoyable for you and your child. more


Towne House Holds Early Bird Special [The Herald News, 11/26/08]
It was the day before Thanksgiving, but the smell of roasted turkey and gravy was already in the air at May Institute’s Towne House Clubhouse annual pre-Turkey Day dinner. more


An Advocate's Perspective—The Autism Puzzle: Where Do We Go From Here? [The Oaracle, 10/01/08]
Unfortunately, the prevalence of methods that have no evidence of effectiveness is widespread. You see it everyday in advertisements, infomercials, and treatment options offered to parents of children with autism. more


May Center To Close Chatham School Ahead Of Schedule [Cape Cod Chronicle, 09/11/08]
About a half dozen students remain at the Seaview Street campus, which was the nation’s first school for autistic children and adolescents when it was founded more than 50 years ago. more


Choosing Effective Treatments for Children with Autism [Exceptional Parent, September 2008]
After their son, Cameron, was diagnosed with autism at age three and a half, Army Master Sergeant Larry Carter and his wife, Christal, made it their mission to learn all they could about the best treatments for a child with autism. more


Champions in Health Care [Boston Business Journal, 08/15/08]
May Institute President and CEO Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABPP, is included among the most innovative minds in Massachusetts medicine by the Boston Business Journal. more


Cars for Classrooms – Help Automoblox Donate Toy Cars to Children with Autism [Examiner.com, 08/02/08]
For every Automoblox car purchased at the Automoblox online store, Automoblox will donate one of their toy cars to a school that provides specialized educational services to children with autism. more


The Back to School Nudge [Spectrum Magazine, Aug/Sept 2008]
Getting you started on that search for the right school. more


Autism's Challenges: Combating Stress on the Home Front [Exceptional Parent, April 2008]
For military families, the difficulties presented by these challenges are often exacerbated by the lack of proximity to family and support networks, frequent relocation, school and training schedules, and more. Managing the stress that accompanies these challenges is critical to a family’s long-term health and well-being. more


Lawrence Schools Use Program Rewarding Good Behavior [Eagle Tribune, 03/16/08]
Dr. Robert Putnam, senior vice president of school consultation at the May Institute, said administrators from Lawrence schools approached them to implement the program in the district. “Schools across the country are under increased pressure to improve academic performance while coping with... more


Cadence Stars & Strikes Fundraiser Benefits Children With Autism [Reuters, 02/21/08]
San Jose is a big step closer to having a pediatric center dedicated to diagnosing and treating autism and other serious developmental disabilities. more


Fundraiser Benefits Silicon Valley Autism Center [KCBS, 02/21/08]
Silicon Valley is one step closer to having a pediatric center dedicated to diagnosing and treating autism. Funds for the facility are being raised through a bowling tournament. more


May Institute: Responding to the Critical Need for Autism Services [Exceptional Parent, December 2007]
Autism, a neurological disability that causes difficulty with behavior, communication, learning, and social interaction, can create enormous stress on a family – stress that is magnified when one spouse is away for extended periods of time more


Randolph May Center Students Featured in the Boston Globe Fun Pages [The Boston Globe, 10/28/07]
James, a May Center student, spent time learning about aardvarks for this issue of Fun Pages. He is interviewed about what he has learned about the unique animal. more


Public Schools Prepare to Educate Kids with Autism [NPR, 08/15/07]
It takes a lot of work, but many public schools are managing to work with autistic children in mainstream classrooms. more


Showing the Human Face of Autism [The Boston Globe, 04/30/07]
"Seeing these kids and reading their stories," Sarah Wright said in a telephone interview. "It goes right to your heart." more


The Increase in Autism [The New York Times, 02/17/07]
An opinion piece highlights the importance of early diagnosis and treatment of autism. more


Depression Can be Hard to Spot, Experts Caution [Gazette.net, 02/07/07]
For parents, one of the scariest aspects of depression is how well their children may be able to hide the symptoms. more


Dawn of a New Era: Local Philanthropy at its Best [Cape Cod Life Philanthropic Edition]
May Institute appears in the Cape Cod Life Philanthropy Edition. more


Teen Peer Pressure: Raising a Peer Pressure-Proof Child [WebMD]
In spite of adolescents' vulnerability and the strong influence of peers, parents can exert a positive influence on their adolescents' decision-making processes, offering them ways to combat the effects of peer pressure. more


We're Divorced. No, Really. [Time, 09/25/05]
Many experts believe that a clear separation immediately after the divorce provides a better foundation for healthy relations over the long term. more


Bringing Up Baby: Cuddling vs. Coddling... Secure vs. Spoiled [NY Metro Parents Magazine, 08/21/05]
Walking that fine line between care and obsession, between attention and over-stimulation, between anxiety and trust, between cuddling and coddling. more


In the Cutting Culture: Depressed and Drawing Blood to 'Feel Alive' [Los Angeles Times, 08/07/05]
Although experts point out that there is an element of copycat behavior among individuals who cut, nearly all cutters have a trait in common: They are clinically depressed. more


When Overprotective Parenting is a Problem [Metro Family Magazine, August 2005]
Parents should use common sense when deciding it’s time for all of those “firsts” — first time down the street to a friend’s house, to the prom with the family car, or simply toddling forward down a full flight of stairs. more


Be Your Own Woman [Ladies' Home Journal, March 2005]
How to keep your friends and still be yourself. more


Childhood Obesity [News for Parents.org]
Although obesity is very difficult to treat, it has been proven that "behavioral treatments," or teaching children and their families new eating and exercise habits, are superior to alternative treatments. more


Survey Sheds Light On Teen Alcohol, Drug Use [WMUR.com, 08/19/04]
A teen's use of drugs or alcohol may be linked to their relationship with their boyfriend or girlfriend, according to researchers at Columbia University. more


Slowly, But Surely [Healthcare News, February 2004]
May Center treats autism with patience. more


Mom's in Love Again [Time, 04/14/03]
The parent-child bond is intensely strong. A parent's remarriage causes a shift in that relationship, and most adult children find it unnerving. more