West Springfield | Specialty Services Program (SSP)

May Institute’s Specialty Services Program (SSP) is licensed through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, and provides services for children under the age of 3 who have a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Our services are based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA), and target the core characteristics of autism through individualized treatment programs that focus on early social, communication, play, and daily living skills. We address challenging behaviors with positive interventions that include teaching functional communication, reinforcing alternative behaviors, and using proactive strategies to support success.

Our specialty services include:

  • Initial assessment to determine the child’s strengths and weaknesses
  • Development of an individualized treatment plan
  • Ongoing collaboration with the family, early intervention, and other ancillary staff
  • Direct instruction in the natural environment, including the child’s home, childcare, and community settings
  • Data collection to evaluate and monitor progress
  • Parent consultation and education to encourage skill development and promote generalization of skills
  • Support during the transition process when the child turns 3

Promoting individual growth

Our program provides “best practice” interventions that incorporate research-based findings in the areas of ABA, child development, and positive behavior support. We tailor instruction to be developmentally appropriate for toddlers, and use materials, toys, and activities that are preferred by the child and family.

Our staff and program

When a child enrolls, the family begins working with a team of highly trained and qualified professionals. A Behavioral Consultant, who is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), oversees all programs. All direct staff have bachelor’s degrees as well as education and training in psychology, child development, and ABA. Many also hold master’s degrees in special needs and special education.

Our team includes speech, occupational, and physical therapists; a licensed social worker; and a bilingual developmental specialist (English/Spanish).


Program Coordinator   413.734.0107 x1956
1111 Elm Street, Suite 34 | West Springfield, MA 01089

Other Massachusetts Locations:

+ *Statewide School Consultation and PBIS
+ Chicopee | May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities
+ Mashpee | May Center for Adult Services (Day Habilitation Program)
+ Mashpee | May Center for Adult Services (Residential Programs)
+ Norwood | May Center School for Brain Injury and Neurobehavioral Disorders
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