The Learning Experience — From Preschool to Adulthood

From the first day a child enters one of our classrooms, we begin to carefully create a personal learning experience, assessing needs and developing specific goals and objectives. We regularly measure progress, re-evaluating and adjusting each individual program, as necessary, in order to constantly challenge, motivate, and encourage.


Our teachers work with students in small groups or one-on-one, employing an evidence-based applied behavior analytic approach. Each student has a comprehensive plan that includes details on implementing his or her Individualized Education Program (IEP). Teachers and behavior analysts record data daily, noting the child’s challenges and progress with developmental, behavioral, and educational goals.

Improving communication skills is an integral component of most students’ IEPs. All students have access to individualized functional communication systems, including speech generating devices (e.g., tablets), sound imitation, sign language, and picture exchange communication system (PECS).

Language, Play, and Social Skills

At the May Center School, we strive to provide the most meaningful environment for children to acquire and expand their language, play, and social skills. Rather than using artificial settings, staff use the natural context of play, social interactions, and daily routines to develop these skills.

Classrooms have low student-staff ratios. Our highly trained staff utilize the most effective methods of working with children with autism. Classroom activities emphasize all areas of a child’s development, including communication, language, social, school-readiness, self-care, and play skills.


The May Center School offers an individualized, developmentally appropriate curriculum for all its students. Staff work closely with families and school districts to prepare children for more independent living and, ideally, for a successful transition to a less restrictive setting.

Teachers develop goals and objectives that specify observable, measurable skills for the child. They combine the best practices of child development, special education, speech pathology, and physical and occupational therapy. Our staff continually evaluate and adjust each child’s program to ensure the greatest progress possible, and guide parents on the principles of ABA to ensure continuity across settings.