Winter Session of May Institute’s Speakers Series: Experts on Autism Kicks Off with “Going to Grandma’s House for the Holidays”


Foxboro, Mass. – May Institute and the Hockomock Area YMCA are proud to announce the first of five free presentations that explore a variety of topics related to autism. The May Institute Speaker Series: Experts on Autism, offered in partnership with the YMCA, launches on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 in Foxboro, Mass. The content is especially relevant for families, but educators, pediatricians, early intervention specialists, and child psychologists and psychiatrists are also encouraged to attend.

“Going to Grandma’s House for the Holidays!”
How to Prepare to Travel with a Child with Autism
Presented by:
Marisa Petruccelli, Psy.D., Director of Home-Based Services, May Institute
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 6:30 p.m.
Hockomock Area YMCA
67 Mechanic Street, Foxboro 02035

Traveling with a child with autism can be more stressful than relaxing. As the holiday season approaches and travel increases, take some time to learn new strategies to prepare your child for these transitions. Also hear how you can structure the time with your child during the holiday breaks.

This popular series is one of May Institute’s community-based programs designed to provide information about autism. “Both May Institute and the YMCA share a commitment to empowering individuals on the spectrum to achieve their full potential and helping their families to access resources that allow them to more fully participate in these communities,” says Susan Wilczynski, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Senior Vice President of Autism Services at May Institute. “With this educational series, we are able to bring our clinical expertise directly into the community, making it more convenient for families and others to learn about effective strategies for managing daily challenges and supporting meaningful growth.”

"By partnering with May Institute, the YMCA is more effective in achieving our mission to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the health and well-being of our families, and give back to our neighbors,” says Bertha Young, M.Ed., Integration Coordinator at the Hockomock Area YMCA. “By increasing knowledge of autism, we enable individuals with special needs to more fully participate in the life of the community which strengthens all of us. We are grateful for the opportunity this collaboration provides."

A typical evening will include a one-hour presentation, 30 minutes for questions and answers with speaker, and 30 minutes for networking opportunities. Light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

To register online, and to view the full series of events, please visit Or you may contact us at 781.437.1248 or The registration deadline is three days prior to the date of the presentation you wish to attend. Space is limited, so make your reservation today.

About May Institute
May Institute is a national nonprofit organization that provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health needs. The Institute also provides training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems.

The organization is one of the largest and most well-respected providers of special education schools and services for children and adults with autism and other special needs in Massachusetts and the U.S. For more information, visit