May Center Students Participate in “Hour of Code” Event at Randolph School
“Learning how to code is an important 21st-century skill that schools are implementing in their programming,” said May’s Educational Technology Teacher Roba Hrisseh, M.Ed., who organized the event. more
Journey to aMAYzing Manager: May's Unique Approach to Hiring and Retaining Direct Care Staff
“Employees want a company that will invest in them and in their growth and development,” says Jane Shamaly, Senior Director of Talent Management at May Institute. “When we ask job seekers what they are looking for, training and development and work/life balance top their lists. This program addresses those needs.” more
Sarah Frampton and Alice Shillingsburg Co-authors of Article Published in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Dr. Shillingsburg and Sarah Frampton have published several articles with a focus of increasing the efficiency of language instruction. This article represents a step toward even more feasible and effective learning strategies. The two are working to bridge the research to practice gap by integrating evidence-based practices into daily instruction with children at May Institute. more
Always a boy who loved to be active, Matthew blossomed and became more confident as he took on more responsibility. more
Set on a Path for a Life Well-lived
“Once we could breathe through the tears, we resolved not to allow this to be a disaster, but rather a challenge. We would not look at this diagnosis as the end of a typical life, but instead, we would work to make her life better! We had no idea at that time that Abby, just by being in our lives, would enrich ours beyond imagination.” more
May Welcomes Postdoctoral Fellows
Our postdoctoral fellowships in applied behavior analysis provide advanced training in the science and practice of behavior analysis and prepare fellows to function independently in their profession (psychology, behavior analysis, special education).
SwAMP Camp in SPAAAACE!
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, the theme was SwAMP Camp in SPAAAACE! more
In our words: A spotlight on Western Mass. adult services staff
“My work is my passion, my heart. I love to provide care, help, and offer security to others. May Institute has given me the opportunity to have a great working environment for 16 years. Working here gives me joy.”
—Michaelle Joseph more
Cooking Up a Celebration
Quarterly breakfasts and an annual potluck lunch feature a smorgasbord of delectable dishes from across the world... more
2019–2020 Mentorship Program Draws Nearly 40 Participants
The Mentorship Program enables employees to explore professional and educational interests and gain one-on-one advice from experienced colleagues. more
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Service Day
We are grateful for the hard work of these ambitious volunteers, who brightened the school environment for our students. more
May Clinicians Present at 2019 BABAT Conference
Eleven May Institute clinicians will present at the 40th annual conference of the Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy (BABAT) on October 2, 3, and 4, 2019. more
Meet Chris Hughes, Falmouth Road Race #TeamMAY
Many Falmouth Road Race runners have moving stories about why they run, this is Chris Hughes' story. more
Meet Us at the Park! Nancy Lunden Spearheads Cleanup at Holyoke Park
"It was a great collaboration between agencies," said Nancy. "Since our event, the sprinklers in the park have been on every day, and more and more families are coming out to enjoy all the park has to offer." more
Dr. Cynthia Anderson Travels to India, Addresses International Autism Conference
Dr. Anderson was a guest speaker at the 2019 International Autism Conference, “Accountability and Evidence Based Best Practices in Autism,” in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala. more
Cheers for our Falmouth Runners!
May's team of 10 runners raised over $12,000 for services and programs. more
Josh Says Thanks!
SMART Project Brings Virtual Reality to the Classroom
May Institute's SMART (Students at May for Augmentative Reality Technology) Project was generously funded by the John W. Alden Trust and the Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism. more
WIN Members Volunteer at The Table at Father Bill’s MainSpring
The Women’s Inclusion Network (WIN), decide to follow the student's lead and experience volunteering at Father Bill's in Brockton, Mass. more
May Institute Clinicians Co-author Article Published in Advances in Neurodevelopmental Disorders
“In this study, we demonstrated that relatively efficient methods of functional behavioral assessment could work in adult services, where resources can be limited," said Dr. Cynthia Anderson, one of the co-authors of the article. more
Literacy Initiative Helps Enhance Students' Reading Skills
Our new Reading Mastery materials allow more opportunities for reading instruction throughout the classrooms. more
May's youngest students benefiting from Early Learning Program
Dr. Cynthia Anderson Co-edits New Book on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Behavior Analysts at May Co-Author Five Chapters
Dr. Anderson edited the first two sections of the handbook, which present the conceptual foundations of evidence-based approaches (Part 1) and contemporary evidence-based interventions (Part 2). May Institute behavior analysts authored several of the chapters in these two sections. more
Improving Positive Classroom Behavior Support Through Applied Behavior Analysis
Download presentation from the 9th Annual Convention of the Massachusetts Association for Behavior Analysis more
Terese Brennan Visits Beijing; Delivers Workshop on Quality Improvement
Part 2: more
China — A Bridge to My Past; A Path to the Future
Part 1: My recent trip to China was an incredible experience. I’ve always wanted to see where my grandparents are from and where my father, who came to the United States when he was about 5 years old, spent some of his childhood, so this opportunity was really amazing. more
Boston Globe Documentary Short, “Dance with Me”
This film captures Sophia and Peter's lives in the weeks leading up to, and during, the school prom. It’s a beautiful, real, and unfiltered film that offers an often unseen window into a special moment of their lives. more
May Center School in Wilmington Builds Playground!
May Institute BABAT Presentations, 2018
If you are attending the 2018 Berkshire Association for Behavior Analysis and Therapy Conference, we hope to see you there! more
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Service Day
On September 21, 2018, twenty-four BCBS of MA employees spent Service Day 2018 volunteering at our May Center for Adult Services, Day Habilitation Program in Raynham, Mass. more
Dr. Cynthia Anderson Co-authors Article in Behavior Analysis in Practice
In this article, Dr. Anderson and her co-authors argue that students should consider several different indicators of program quality, one of which is the scholarly contributions of faculty. more
May expert presents at International Forum on Treatment and Policies for ASD in China
May Institute’s Dr. Ivy Chong traveled to Beijing this summer to present two invited lectures and participate in a panel discussion at the International Forum on Treatment and Policies for Autism Spectrum Disorder. more
Employee Recognition and Golden Tickets!
The staff on the Employee Recognition & Appreciation Committee (ERA) celebrated their friends and colleagues with a token of appreciation. more
Dr. M. Alice Shillingsburg Co-authors Article in The Analysis of Verbal Behavior
The Association for Behavior Analysis International selected "Using Textual Prompts to Teach Mands for Information Using 'Who?'" as an Article of the Week. more
We’re happy to Announce we are Expanding Center-based ABA for Young Children in Mass.
We are enrolling young children at our centers in Randolph and Wilmington Mass., where they will learn to build skills and reduce problem behavior. These services are funded through insurance. more
May Institute Hosts 24 Summer Interns
May Institute’s intern program is about the hands-on training for our interns and helping them make career decisions. more
May Institute Clinicians Co-author Article in the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis
Sarah Frampton, M.A., BCBA, and Alice Shillingsburg, Ph.D., BCBA-D, co-authored an article published in the Spring 2018 issue of the Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis. more
Dr. Richard Graff Co-authors Article Published in Behavioral Interventions
Dr. Richard Graff, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D, May Institute’s Senior Vice President of Clinical Training and Services, is co-author of an article published in Behavioral Interventions. more
30 Topics for 30 Days, A Closer Look at Autism
In Honor of Women's History Month
A message from May Institute’s President and CEO Dr. Lauren Solotar and Chairperson of our Board of Trustees Mary Lou Maloney. more
May Institute and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Collaborate to Examine Unconscious Bias
In March 2018, May Institute and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) co-sponsored a half-day Diversity Dialogue titled, “Unconscious Bias in Healthcare and Human Services.” Nearly 200 employees from both organizations attended the event, the first such vendor collaboration by BCBSMA. more
Dr. Bob Putnam Co-authors Article in Journal of Positive Behavior Interventions
Robert F. Putnam, Ph.D., LABA, BCBA-D, May Institute’s Executive Vice President of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, is a co-author of an article titled “Improving Multitiered Systems of Support for Students With ‘Internalizing’ Emotional/Behavioral Problems.” more
May Institute's Strategic Plan: At a glance
May Institute Clinician Co-authors Article that Discusses Methods to Reduce Problematic Behaviors During Discrete Trial Instruction
Dr. Alice Shillingsburg and colleagues from the Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, Ga., determined that rapport building, or “pairing” a therapist and teaching setting with highly preferred activities prior to teaching students with ASD can reduce problematic behaviors during the instructional period. more
Dr. Alice Shillingsburg Co-authors Article in Behavior Modification Journal
In addition to demonstrating the effectiveness of the intervention strategies, Dr. Shillingsburg and her co-authors discuss several factors to consider when implementing a similar procedure in the classroom. more
Dr. Cynthia Anderson Serves as Guest Editor for Behavior Modification Journal; Co-authors Introductory Article
The special issue highlighted recent research on supporting students with ASD in schools. Studies spanned core and associated deficit areas of ASD including communication and social interaction and repetitive behavior. more
Ready, Set, Bake! May Institute’s 10th Annual Pie Day
Entries included chocolate granola, vanilla pecan, pumpkin cheesecake, banana cream with caramel drizzle, vanilla pear, gooey butter pecan, and vegan lemon coconut pies in addition to more traditional apple, blueberry, and pecan pies. First prize went to Chloe Keller from Mashie Adult Services. more
May Institute Shared Living Program Participants Honored
Within months of moving in with Naomie and Emmanuel, Yessenia proclaimed, “I feel like I have a home. I feel like I am home!” more
Congratulations Shirley on 23 Years of Service to May!
Dr. Cynthia Anderson and Dr. Ryan Martin Co-author Chapter in the Handbook of Rural School Mental Health
May Institute BABAT Presentations, 2017
Please Come by and Say Hello!
Dr. Cynthia Anderson Co-authors Article in Beyond Behavior Journal
The article distinguishes between establishing operations and setting events, discusses how setting events can be identified, when it is appropriate to include them in functional behavior assessments, and how they can be incorporated into intervention planning.
Kindness ROCKS! Welcome to our Kindness Rocks Garden
Nancy Gailor, Assistant Director at the May Day Habilitation Program in Mashpee, Mass., discovered a project on Cape Cod by Megan Murphy, who took to painting and writing inspirational quotes on rocks and leaving them on beaches and in parks.
Dr. Robert F. Putnam appointed to the Mass Department of Developmental Services Statewide Advisory Council
Moving Up: May Employees Continue Their Education
With help from May's Tuition Reimbursement Program, and while continuing to work at May, three staff are recent graduates of nursing school.
Letter to May Staff from Lauren Concerning Hurricane Irma
A letter to our staff and community concerning the hurricane Irma's impact on May residences in her path. more
SwAMP Camp at May Center in Randolph, Mass.
Science with Art, Math, and Problem-Solving Camp! more
Splash Pad Opens at May Center School in Randolph, Mass.
Curry College Dining Services Partners with May Institute to Employ Student
Staff Pound to Stay in Shape!
Every Tuesday the gymnasium reverberates with the sound of drumsticks. more
Wahlburgers in the Hingham Shipyard - Falmouth Road Race Team Fundraiser!
May Institute Posters, Symposia, and Workshops, ABAI 2017
Continuing the Dialogue: An Introspective and Retrospective Look at Social and Economic Inequities
Cracking the Codes/the system of racial inequity has engaged thousands of people worldwide in talking about the system of racial inequity through personal stories from racial justice leaders. more
May Center School in Woburn has moved to Wilmington, Mass!
Due to increased demand for our services, the May Center School for Autism and Disabilities has expanded and moved to a new location!
Ditty for our staff working on this snowy day.
May Institute Welcomes Representative Driscoll
May Center School in West Springfield moving summer of 2017!
Due to increased demand for our services, the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in West Springfield will be expanding and moving to a new location!
Words of Thanks from One Parent
A beautiful note to the staff at one of our programs. more
The May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders has a new name!
In order to reflect the work of our school and our students with complex needs and co-occurring diagnoses, we have changed our name. more
National Autism Center Staff Share Expertise at Launching the National Training Program for ASD Conference in Muscat, Oman
National Autism Center (NAC) at May Institute is honored to be working in Oman this week. more
Students Harvest for Others in Need
Brain injury students value giving back to others, contributing to the community in a variety of ways. more
Listen to MAGIC 106.7 and call in on behalf of May Institute!
A message from a May Center School parent about the splash pad initiative in Randolph, Mass.!
The Sweetest Day of the Year.
Our annual Pie Day competition started out the holidays on a sweet note. more
Full Baskets, Full Hearts
Happy Thanksgiving to All. more
Superflex Training Academy Graduates!
The May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Jacksonville, North Carolina is proud to announce the first graduating class of Superflex Training Academy (social skills group)!
Meeting Dr. Temple Grandin
Dr. Grandin’s ground-breaking achievements in livestock handling and facility design more
Remember to Vote!
Everyone can and should vote in the upcoming election (November 8), including individuals with a wide range of disabilities. more
May Institute Named Among Top 100 Women-Led Businesses in Massachusetts
Students from the May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders competed in their very first Special Olympics flag football games! more
Bay School Parents Say "Thank You" with an Ice Cream Social
There is always time to celebrate staff! more
Many Thanks to the Bose® Corporation!
Dr. Beth A. Jerskey Authors Article Published in the Association of Psychology Postdoctoral and Internship Center’s Newsletter
“Neuropsychology: When is the right time to adopt test revisions?”, an article written Beth A. Jerskey, Ph.D., has been published in the APPIC E-newsletter. more
Welcome to Students from KIOM University in South Korea
We are always grateful to share our schools with visitors from around the world. more
Special Olympics Games Celebrate all Abilities
Special Olympics Massachusetts Teams Up with May Institute
On Friday, September 16th, Special Olympics Massachusetts will be teaming up with the May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities for the first-ever Games at the residential and day school in Randolph. more
Thank you to all May employees who worked Labor Day.
Introducing our new May Store!
Shop online for May merchandise! more
Coping in a Violent World
We all need help coping with the fear and anxiety caused by acts of terror, gun violence, and hatred. more
Massachusetts Nonprofit Network - 2016 Nonprofit Awareness Day
Dr. Nathan Lambright Shares ABA Expertise with Chinese Educators
Nathan Lambright enjoyed a successful trip to China to participate in an educational forum by Stars and Rain Educational Institute for Autism in Beijing. more
May Institute's 2015 Annual Report
A year of progress and accomplishments at May Institute, celebrating our 60th year! more
Singapore's Saint Andrew's Autism Centre Visits May Institute
We are honored that a group from St. Andrew's Autism Centre (SAAC) in Singapore came to visit our various programs. more
Dr. Nathan Lambright Co-authors Article Published in the Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities
Nathan Lambright, Psy.D., BCBA-D, Vice President of Clinical Services in Educational Services for May Institute, was recently published in the Journal of Mental Health Research in Intellectual Disabilities. more
Spring 2016 Employee Spotlight Award winners!
Each quarter, Our Employee Recognition & Appreciation Committee recognizes up to five employees who exemplify May Institute’s core values by demonstrating excellence in service delivery, and a collaborative, respectful, and positive approach to coworkers and the individuals served. more
A Closer Look at Autism: 30 Days, 30 Topics
Anyone can search the Internet for “autism treatment” or “autism cure” and get hundreds of thousands of hits. Faced with a barrage of often-conflicting information, how do you know where to begin? This is the perfect place to start, with scientifically sound information that families and others can use to make life better now for people on the autism spectrum. Knowledge is power.
Climbing to New Heights - Shiba-dang!
Thanks to Bailey’s Team for Autism!
We were happy to welcome Bailey's Team for Autism President, Sammi Robertson, to our school. more
Meet May: Meet Jalisa and Susan
A profile from "Faces. Voices. Lives. - 60 Years at May Institute." more
First Semester of Master's-Level Training Kicks off on Randolph Campus!
New Partnership Between May Institute and Endicott College to Help Meet Growing Need for Master’s-Level Service Providers more
A message from Dr. Lauren Solotar, May president and CEO, to all May staff
National Employee Appreciation Day. more
Hope Springs Eternal: Lauren Solotar Readies May Institute for Challenges to Come
Dr. Lauren C Solotar, President and CEO of May Institute, is selected as one of 23 Women of Influence in 2015 by the Boston Business Journal. "Top female executives driving change in the Greater Boston economy." more
Dr. Bob Putnam Co-authors Response to Commentaries on PBIS (Behavior Analysis in Practice)
Robert F. Putnam, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Executive Vice President, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports for May Institute, was recently published in Behavior Analysis in Practice (BAP). more
2015 Trustees' Fund Awards Recipients Celebrated!
Congratulations to all of May Institute's Trustee Award winners! more
Mentees, Mentors Set Goals; Program Launches
May Institute’s Mentoring Program kicked off in October! more
When Help Is Extra Special: Students Serve Meals and Learn that Giving is Receiving
Framework for Diversity Success: From Micro-Inequities to Building a Culture of Respect, Trust and Greater Understanding
The term “micro-inequities” refers to the ways in which people are singled out, overlooked, ignored or otherwise devalued. more
May Institute was Proud to Host Stars and Rain Educational Institute for Autism from Beijing
They spent two days with us, observing and learning about May services including our schools, home-based services, and school consultation services. more
October is Rett Syndrome Awareness Month.
According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Rett syndrome is a neurodevelopmental disorder that affects girls almost exclusively. more
Successful Fundraiser for May Center School in Woburn, Mass.
Woburn's Noodles & Co. donates $1,000 to May Center School located in Woburn, Mass. more
Dr. Beth Jerskey, May Institute’s VP of Professional Training and Research, Co-authors Research Article in the American Journal of Medical Genetics
Beth Jerskey, Ph.D., May Institute’s Vice President of Professional Research and Training, co-authored a research article that was recently published in the American Journal of Medical Genetics Part B: Neuropsychiatric Genetics. more
Step by Step to Success: Helping young adults move out of the classroom and into the community
As published in Exceptional Parent magazine. more
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month!
Improving employment opportunities for adults with Intellectual Disabilities (ID) benefits the business community and helps these individuals become more independent. more
September is Safety Month!
Randolph May Center School is celebrating September Safety Month. more
Cradles to Crayons
This May Institute Employee-driven project was aimed at providing shoes and socks to children who are living without. more
Keep Calm and Clip On!
Declan and the May Center in Brockton are Looking for Your Support – and Your Box Tops! more
Travel to China Opens Doors to Collaboration and Sharing Expertise
“We are very excited about collaborating with Stars and Rain to improve services for children and adolescents with ASD in China.”
– Dr. Lauren C. Solotar, May Institute President and CEO more
Does Your Child Need Behavioral Health Services?
Perhaps the place to start is by applying for MassHealth insurance (for families living in Massachusetts only). more
The Bay School's Summer Raffle - Be a Winner!
The Bay School, a May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities, is holding an exciting Summer Raffle to raise funds for student curriculum and technology! more
Have You Heard?
May Institute Is On WBUR 90.9 FM in Massachusetts! more
Wellness Team Challenge – The Results Are In!
May's Spring Wellness Team Challenge kicked off with more employee participants than we imagined, and what fun! more
Florida Staff Celebrate May Institute’s 60th Birthday in Style
May Institute Clinician Dr. Robert F. Putnam Co-authors Review Published in Behavior Analysis in Practice
Robert F. Putnam, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Executive Vice President, Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) for May Institute, co-authored an article about PBIS and applied behavior analysis (ABA) that was published in Behavior Analysis in Practice. more
May School Parents and Caregivers Meet and Support Each Other
“I would highly recommend this group to other parents,” says Sabrina. “It is a very comfortable and inviting open forum that maintains confidentiality and anonymity and provides a great way for finding information, seeking help...” more
Does Someone You Love Have Autism, Brain Injury, or Special Needs?
One of many events throughout our 60th year to introduce you to individuals who are personally impacted by autism, brain injury, or special needs.
The Bay School Celebrates May Institute’s 60th Birthday
Staff members at The Bay School, a May Center School for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Santa Cruz, Calif. recently celebrated May Institute’s 60th birthday in style. more
National Nurses Week 2015
We are celebrating National Nurses' Week, which ends on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale. In honor of the remarkable nurses that work at May Institute, we are going to highlight and introduce you to one nurse a day. more
Legislators Visit May Center School for Brain Injury
The May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders in Brockton, Mass., was proud to host their “Invite Your Legislator to School Day" during Brain Injury Awareness Month in March. more
Congratulations to Shirley Gan celebrating 20 years with the May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders! more
2014 Trustees' Fund Awards Recipients Celebrated!
Congratulations to all six of May Institute's Trustee Award winners. more
Snow Dragon Comes to Life!
When Jen Vanora - our amazing art teacher, came to me with an idea to create a snow dragon I was drawn in immediately by the obvious excitement. Jen had a wonderful idea, a plan to execute, and I wanted to support her! It is this kind of out-of-the-box thinking that makes our school so special - Thank you to Jen and all the others - student and staff alike who went along with it! more
Meet U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Daniel Small
Today Staff Sargeant Small presented May Institute with an American flag that was flown over Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. more
Day Hab Participants Package Up Sweet Treats for our Troops
Individuals from the Adult Day Habilitation program in Randolph, Mass., have landed quite a sweet gig. more
The May Daycare and Preschool in Randolph, Mass., held its first annual Rodman Ride-a-Thon Fundraiser
Congratulations to all the kids, and big thanks to all who supported their efforts, which raised almost $2500! more
The Bay School named a “Charity of Choice” for California Chili Cook-Off, wins $750 prize!
The Bay School is chosen as the chosen charity for local real estate office Aldina Realty, wins 2nd place and $750.00 in a Chili Cook off! more
Expansion of May Centers for Autism Spectrum Disorder Support Military Families
May Institute Clinicians Melanie DuBard and James Luiselli Co-author Study in the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
May Institute clinicians Melanie Dubard, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Vice President of Clinical and Educational Services, and James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D, Senior Vice President of Applied Research, Clinical Training, and Peer Review, are co-authors of a study published in the Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities. more
Rodman Ride for Kids 2014 Was Terrific!
Hooray for our riders, corporate sponsors, and donors! more
May Institute Clinicians Co-author Study on Functional Analysis and Treating Aggressive Behavior
James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D, Senior Vice President of Applied Research, Clinical Training, and Peer Review, and Gary M. Pace, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Senior Vice President of Neurorehabilitation Services, are co-authors of a new study. more
Internships Help Pave Way for Clinicians and Researchers
May Institute is pleased to welcome our 2014-2015 doctoral intern class! Our incoming interns are Tiffany Born, Traci Taber, Greg Schutte, Whitney Wood, Kira Branch, Camila Godoy-Delgado, Lauren Carbonell, and Matthew Roth. more
HUB International New England Tees Up Support
We were pleased to welcome representatives from HUB International New England LLC, a leading North American insurance brokerage and May Institute business partner, to our Randolph campus recently. more
May Institute Clinician Co-authors Research Study on Effectiveness of Treatment Integrity Training Methods
James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D, Senior Vice President of Applied Research, Clinical Training, and Peer Review for May Institute, has co-authored an article published in Behavior Analysis in Practice, a peer- publication designed to provide science-based, best-practice information relevant to service delivery in behavior analysis. more
Not Your Average Joe's Fundraiser for the May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders
May Institute's Dr. James Luiselli, editor of new book on advances and innovations in ASD
James K. Luiselli, Ed.D., ABPP, BCBA-D, May Institute’s Senior Vice President of Applied Research, Clinical Training, and Peer Review, is the editor of Children and Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). more
A Special Thank You…
to Helena Jones-Wreh and Fred Mugaga for helping to raise awareness among May staff about the plight of girls in Liberia. more
Discovering Cultural Sensitivity
May Institute’s Diversity & Inclusion Council recently hosted Dr. Hugo Kamya, a professor of clinical practice, trauma, and narrative therapies at Simmons College of Social Work. more
Bloom where you are planted!
Taking advantage of long-awaited summer-like weather during two recent weekends, parents, teachers, administrators, students, and their siblings joined together to plant flowers in the yards of our eight group homes in Randolph, Mass. more
B. F. Skinner: The Scientist as a Father
Julie S. Vargas, Ph.D., longtime educator, former president of the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and daughter of the renowned scientist B.F. Skinner, recently delivered a presentation at May Institute’s corporate headquarters in Randolph, Mass. more
Our own "angels" -- our Nurses!
May 7, 2014, was set aside to honor the dedication and hard work of our nurses as we celebrated nurses’ week. more
La Casa Es Donde Esta el Corazón - Home is Where the Heart is
In Western Mass., May Institute has taken great pride and care in providing a unique residence for four elderly gentlemen with developmental and physical disabilities. All four once called Puerto Rico home. more
Does someone you love have autism? Share your story with us!
A Community of Caring
Declan came to the May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders when he was 9 years old. A rare brain tumor and the resulting brain injury altered the course of his life at a young age. more
Meet Jalisa through her Mother Sue - Parent at May School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders
"When she came to the May, I saw an immense leap...They just knew how to teach her. They treat her appropriately, and she responds appropriately." more
"Wanna have a catch, Dad?"
For a child on the autism spectrum, some everyday tasks can be challenging and at times impossible. But for one student, fulfilling his dad's wish to play catch with his son, was a wish he could finally grant. more
And then I met Nick. —Erica's Story
2013 Trustees' Fund Awards Recipients Celebrated!
Trustees’ Fund Award recognizes staff members from across the organization who exemplify May Institute’s ideals of service and professionalism. more
Back to School - Tips to help students with special needs enjoy the experience!
Is your child with special needs heading back to school this fall? To ensure that his or her experience is as successful and enjoyable as possible, here are some suggestions. more
Summer Safety Tips for Parents of Children with Autism and Other Special Needs
Check out safety tips for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other special needs. more
National Impact in the Field of PBIS
Dr. Robert F. Putnam has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Association of Positive Behavior Support. more
Gifts from the Heart
Fernandes Center Celebrates 15th Anniversary
In Memoriam — Catherine Coburn
May Institute honors long-time member of its Board of Trustees. more
Coming Together After Boston Marathon Bombings
Staff at the Randolph May Center school came together to send messages of support to the Boston community after the Marathon bombings last month. more
It All Starts at Home - Blended family, home-based therapy help young man with autism make his way in the world
As published in the April 2013 issue of Exceptional Parent magazine. more
Brain Disorders - Braving the Unknown
As published in the March 2013 issue of Exceptional Parent magazine. more
May Students Help Create Winter Wonderland for Newtown's Children
This May Center school helped create a Winter Wonderland for students relocating from Sandy Hook Elementary to their new school in Newtown, Conn.
High Tech/High Touch - iPad helps boy with autism celebrate his coming of age
As published in the November 2012 issue of Exceptional Parent magazine. more
A New Year's Message from Dr. Solotar, President/CEO
Responding to the Connecticut Shootings: Talking to Children About Violence
Siblings Teach Each Other About Life
Meet Kyle and Maggie more
Kids with Autism Learn How to Connect, Thanks to CVS Grant
Introducing May Institute's 2011 Annual Report
A year of progress and accomplishments at May Institute. Personal stories, facts and figures, and donor listings from 2011. more
"I Ride for Bryanna."
Bob O'Connor talks about his motivation for riding in the Rodman Ride for Kids. more
“Why I Ride...”
One rider shares his reasons for being a part of the Rodman Rid for Kids. more
How Far Would YOU Go to Support Our Programs for Kids with Special Needs?
Would you kiss a pig?? more
Fournier Center Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony Brings Family and Friends Together
The Center is the most recent addition to the May Center school campus in Randolph, Mass. Its mission is to help young people with autism secure meaningful employment and achieve greater independence.
Summer Safety Tips for Parents of Children with Autism and Other Special Needs
In recognition of National Safety Month, we offer the following safety tips for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and other special needs. more
"When Words Hurt" -- Parent Feedback Playing a Vital Role in Enriching Community Dialogue About Autism
Recent parent surveys, for civilian and military families that had children with autism, are part of a broader initiative to develop communications to help educate the public on how to be more supportive of the autism community. more
Randolph Garden Club, Town Leadership, and Staff Celebrate Arbor Day
The Randolph Garden Club and May Institute commemorated Arbor Day with its own celebration that brought together club members, neighbors, Randolph town officials, children and adults served at May Institute, and staff. more
Guide Developed by National Autism Center and Families Helps Parents Cut Through the Clutter
Parent authors/contributors Janet Amorello and Katherine Bray share their experiences and offer strategies. more
Top 10 Experts' Q&As about Autism
Some of our most popular Q&As authored by our autism experts. more
Parent to Parent: Making Sense of a Catastrophic Brain Injury
More than three years after surviving a traumatic brain injury, the parents of 20-year-old Zack share what the recovery process has looked like for their son, themselves, and their family. more
Technology and Creativity Help Student and Family Realize Milestone
With the support of his family, teachers, and Rabbi -- and some help from his iPad -- Matthew Emmi, a 12-year-old boy with autism, recently celebrated his bar mitvah. more
“Night of Stars” 2011 Prom
The 2011 Randolph May Center prom, a “Night of Stars,” was definitely a night to remember for participating students and their families. more
Calm Amidst Chaos As Tornado Touches Down In Springfield
Kevin Jones, an Assistant Program Coordinator of 20 years, remembers the seconds before the devastating tornado showed up at the doorstep of a W. Springfield residence. more
Giving Thanks to Military Families
During Military Family Appreciation Month in November — and every month — we extend our profound gratitude to military families stationed across the country and throughout the world. more
In Memory of Dr. Allen C. Crocker
Dr. Crocker served on May Institute’s Board of Directors for more than 30 years. Through the years, he became a dear friend, trusted colleague, and invaluable resource to those of us who had the privilege of knowing and working with him. more
Shared Optimism, Work Ethic Breed Independence
What do 83-years-young Gasper and 28-year-old Matt have in common? That’s easy – a big heart, a global healthcare giant, and a deep appreciation of family. more
May Center Student-Athletes Focus on Teamwork in Special Olympics
The May Center Mayhem traveled to Worcester to represent the Institute in the Special Olympics of Massachusetts (SOMA) State Tournament. more
Meet Will: Our Student Government Representative to the Massachusetts State House
Fifteen-year-old Will, a student at our school for children and adolescents with brain injury, recently joined more than 300 teens from across... more
North Carolina Center Hosts Family Social and Easter Egg Hunt
The day was packed with outdoor fun for parents, children, and families. more
May Clinician Dr. Donaldson of the Fernandes Center for Children and Families Completes Leadership Southcoast Program
Each year, the program selects motivated individuals from the south coast of Massachusetts to take part in a ten-month program designed to hone their leadership skills. more
More Named SIM President
Congratulations to Kevin More, M.B.A., our Vice President of Information Systems, who has been elected President of the Boston Society for Information Management (SIM). more
Marking Autism Awareness Month — A message from our CEO
We are as committed as ever to educating communities, treating individuals and families, and advancing the field of autism and developmental disabilities. more
May Institute - 2010 Annual Report
A year of progress and accomplishments at May Institute. Personal stories, facts and figures, and donor listings from 2010. more
Rodman Ride Raises More than $193,000 in 2010 for our Children’s Services
To date, the Rodman Ride For Kids, an umbrella matching gift charity that raises funds for social service agencies that support at-risk kids in Massachusetts, has helped May Institute raise over $600,000... more
Holiday Drawing Contest a Big Success!
Browse through all the great entries in our Holiday Drawing Contest. more
Our California School Welcomes Congressman Farr
The Congressman learned more about the diverse needs of children on the autism spectrum, and about the importance of intensive, individualized treatment. more
May Institute’s Dr. Susan Wilczynski Moderates the Breakthroughs: Autism Panel at Big Think
Joining the discussion were Dr. Gerald D. Fischbach, Dr. Christopher A. Walsh, and Dr. Susan Bookheimer. more
A Common Purpose Unites West Springfield Staff
May Institute employees in western Massachusetts came together to support our children's programs through the 2010 Rodman Ride for Kids. more
Appreciating the Little Things - Randolph Students Shine at Winter Showcase
The event featured a winter-themed art exhibit and musical extravaganza, where students from ages 3 to 22 sang, played, and danced to their favorite songs.
Fall Festival Celebration in Jacksonville, N.C.
Families enjoyed pony and carriage rides, painting pumpkins, an obstacle course, decorating cookies, and practicing new skills, and then shared a wonderful lunch. more
Adorned in his cap and gown and wearing a very big smile, Thomas is a proud high school graduate. more
May Institute Community Pedals to the Rodman Ride Finish Line!
A very successful Rodman Ride for Kids just took place this past weekend! Every dollar we raise through the Ride will directly benefit our children's programs. more
Special Olympics Offers a Different Kind of Classroom
David Ortiz and Phil Mickelson may be two of the biggest names at Fenway Park and on the PGA tour respectively, but they were not the only players shining on the field and on the links this summer. more
Randolph May Center Staff Honored
The entire staff from the May Center residential and teaching community in Randolph, Mass., recently had the opportunity to recognize their peers’ significant contributions to May Institute. more
Thank You for Making our 7th Annual “Summer Swing” Golf Tournament and Family Outing a Success!
Golfers of all levels enjoyed beautiful weather and a day of networking, friendly competition and prizes. Players competed for first and second place... more
In Memory of Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas, Autism Pioneer
May Institute joins the autism community in mourning the loss of one of the true pioneers in the field of autism, O. Ivar Lovaas, Ph.D. This world-renowned expert devoted his life to improving the lives of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and their families. more
Family Fun for Camp Lejeune Children
Families who receive services from the Center came together and shared a meal and playtime. more
May Institute Services for Military Families Expand to Fort Hood in Texas
May Institute is proud to announce the opening of our newest Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas. more
Atlanta Staff Making Strides for Autism
Employees from our Southeast regional office in Atlanta, Ga., recently put on their walking shoes to participate in the Walk Now for Autism Speaks more
A Tribute to Joyce Keenan, RN
Our long-time friend and co-worker Joyce Keenan passed away on June 9, 2010. She worked at the Geriatric-Day Adult Day Health Program in West Roxbury for the past 24 years. more
TBS Students Show Teachers Gratitude and Love
The Bay School recently celebrated its teachers at the school’s first annual “Teacher Appreciation Day.” more
Priscilla Blew Retires After Three Decades Touching Countless Lives
Priscilla has left an indelible mark at May Institute. She has significantly impacted the lives of many hundreds of children from across the country who have benefited from her expertise, compassion, and dedication. more
May Institute Welcomes Icelandic Teachers to Randolph Campus
May Institute was pleased to welcome a group of educators from Iceland this past month. The group, comprised mainly of preschool teachers, visited the Randolph campus to learn about our programs and services more
Safety Event Hits Home for Families and Children with Special Needs
May Institute’s Southeast Regional Autism Center recently teamed up with Safe Kids Columbus to address child safety concerns, including wandering, for children with special needs at the 2nd Annual Salute to Safety held in Columbus, Ga. more
Massachusetts Clubhouse Coalition Honors May Institute
The Institute was one of 38 companies honored at MCC’s annual employer awards dinner held at the State House in Boston. more
Staff and Friends of Woburn May Center “Light It Up Blue”
When the staff at the May Center School in Woburn, Mass., heard about “Light It Up Blue,” they knew it was the perfect way to participate in World Autism Awareness Day. more
May Institute welcomes international experts Drs. Robert and Lynn Koegel for Distinguished Lecture Series
On March 26, 2010, May Institute was delighted to welcome Dr. Robert Koegel and Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel, international experts in the field of autism. more
Rodman Ride Raises More Than $173,000 for Critical Children’s Services at May Institute
Among this year’s distinguished group of riders were May Institute staff, Board of Trustee members, business partners, parents, and friends. more
Massachusetts Representative Jim Dwyer Visits May Center for Child Development in Woburn
Representative Dwyer enjoyed a tour of the school, often stopping to engage individual students in conversation or offering them his signature “high-five.” more
May Institute Welcomes Governor Deval Patrick to Randolph Campus
Governor Patrick visited our corporate headquarters and the Randolph May Center for Child Development school this week. more
May Institute President/CEO weighs in on the importance of early autism diagnosis
A letter from Dr. Walter P. Christian, President and CEO of May Institute, regarding the critical need for early autism diagnosis. more
Help Us Cross the Finish Line!
We are less than $8,000 from reaching our fundraising goal of $150,000 and receiving an additional 15 percent match from the Rodman Ride for Kids. more
Peter F. Gerhardt lectures at May Institute as part of ongoing “Distinguished Lecture Series.”
Dr. Gerhardt gave an engaging and often humorous talk about the challenges of helping individuals on the autism spectrum move from youth to adulthood. more
Exceptional Parent magazine features May Institute services that target military families
For the past several years, May Institute’s Office of Communications has partnered with Exceptional Parent magazine to provide a series of informative articles more
Autism Services for Military Families Expand to North Carolina
May Institute opens a new Southeast Regional Autism Center in Jacksonville, N.C., serving military families in the Camp Lejeune area. more
Family Night At The Brockton Rox Features Live Performance of New Single “All He Has To Say”
Award-winning recording sensation, aika, lights up the stadium with her emotional performance of “All He Has To Say.” more
Going for Gold
Student-Athletes from the May Center for Child Development in Randolph, Mass., Win Medal at Special Olympics. more
May Institute Mourns the Loss of Edward G. Carr, Ph.D.
Edward G. Carr, Ph.D., BCBA, was an international pioneer in autism treatment research and a dear friend and esteemed colleague of May Institute. more
“What Does Autism Look Like?” May Institute and MBTA Promote Autism Awareness
The campaign, featuring large poster and car cards in MBTA stations, was displayed through the month of April, Autism Awareness Month. more
Partnerships and Affiliations
May Institute is committed to expanding its mission by building relationships and developing partnerships. more
California Center Meeting a Need
May Institute opens the new Pediatric Specialty Center in San Jose, Calif. more
A Celebration of Community
May Institute's Towne House Clubhouse Acknowledges Support of Community at Thanksgiving. more
May Institute CEO Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award by Boston Business Journal
Dr. Christian is honored as the 2008 “Champion of Health Care” Lifetime Achievement Award recipient. more
Dr. Dennis C. Russo Named International ABA Fellow
May Institute Chief Clinical Officer named a 2008 Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International. more
May Institute Expands Global Reach; Shares Expertise With International Colleagues
Our expertise in the fields of applied behavior analysis and Positive Behavior Support has helped us forge new alliances with educators in Poland and Iceland. more
A Day to Celebrate! Donors Recognized at Ribbon-Cutting for New Residence
Life-long friends Brendan, Michael, and George have a lovely new home in Easton, Mass., thanks to a group of generous donors and a caring community. more
Prom Night in the Tropics
Students from the May Center for Education and Neurorehabilitation, our school for children and adolescents with brain injury, danced the night away at the schools’ biennial prom.
The Bay School Open House Draws Over 250 Attendees
“The new setting and program will support one of the most important times in our children’s lives.”
U.S. Senate Hosts Autism Exhibition
Senator Edward Kennedy among the viewers of the Faces and Voices of Autism photo exhibition on display during Autism Awareness Month. more
May Institute President Named ABA Fellow; Joins Elite International Group
May Institute President and CEO Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABPP, has been named a Fellow of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). One of only 47 ABA Fellows worldwide, more
Fernandes Center for Children & Families Celebrates 10th Anniversary
Center marks a decade of providing outpatient care to children who have special healthcare needs with a unique, first-in-the-nation program. more
Teens Hit the Slopes
Teens from our Children’s Services program in Fall River, Mass., skied the slopes at Wachusett Mountain as part of a unique therapeutic outdoor recreation initiative. more
In Memory of Todd R. Risley, Ph.D
Over the past 30 years, Dr. Risley's guidance and support have been major factors in the development of May Institute’s programs and services and its rise to national prominence in the field. more
Brain Injury School Celebrates Graduation!
Families, friends, fellow students, and May Center staff packed the gymnasium on a beautiful spring afternoon to celebrate more
Saluting South Shore Leaders
May Institute and the Massachusetts Department of Mental Retardation’s (DMR) South Coastal Area Citizen Advisory Board recently honored legislators and community leaders. more
May Institute Joins $1.2M UMass Study; Autism Speaks Grant Focuses on Early Intervention
Proponents hope the study will positively impact long-term outcomes for children with autism spectrum disorders. more
Winterfest Warms Hearts in Woburn
Moms, dads, grandparents, siblings, and friends gathered recently at the Woburn May Center school for children with autism to celebrate Winterfest! more
Nineteen very brave and fun-spirited teachers and staff from two of our Centers recently took an icy, early morning plunge into the waters of Nantasket Beach. more