Behavior Support

Children with autism and other developmental disabilities often engage in problem behaviors such as throwing tantrums, flapping their hands, bolting away from caregivers, and injuring themselves.


At the May Center Schools, we successfully educate students who engage in a wide range of problem behaviors. Our clinicians use the science and technology of behavior analysis to reduce challenging behavior and teach alternative pro-social skills. Typically, this process begins with a functional analysis (functional behavior assessment) to identify the reasons why problem behavior might be occurring.

Discovering the function of a child’s problem behavior helps us develop an intervention that will decrease the occurrence of that behavior in the future. We can then teach that child an alternative, replacement behavior – a more socially appropriate way to get what he or she wants and to alleviate frustration.

The specialized care we provide enables each child to make significant and ongoing improvements in behavior and functional skills.