Henrico, Va. – May Institute has relocated and expanded its May Center for ABA Services to help toddlers and young children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) improve communication, social interaction, independence, and adaptive skills. May Institute is a national network of programs and services for individuals across the lifespan with autism, neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs.
The May Center is preparing to open its new space at 8100 Three Chopt Road, Suite 143, in Henrico. The expansion will allow the center to now offer center-based ABA therapy to teach critical skills to young children with ASD from Monday through Friday.
The center continues to provide home-based therapy to children with ASD, as it has done throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
All services are based on the principles of applied behavior analysis (ABA). ABA is a methodology that involves scientific behavioral practices (positive reinforcement, repetition, and prompting) to support the development of communication and functional skills, while simultaneously addressing challenging behaviors and everyday social challenges.
“Home- and center-based ABA therapy utilizes evidence-based practices to provide meaningful learning opportunities for children with ASD,” says John Tolson, M.Ed., BCBA, LBA, Program Director of the May Center. “Whether children receive services in the home or now at our center, parents/caregivers are active members of their treatment team, learning how to generalize, or transfer, new skills to other appropriate settings.”
All May Center professionals are trained in ABA and have ongoing access to May Institute’s top national experts who provide consultation, peer review, and guidance. May Institute is one of the nation’s largest employers of Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs). May Center BCBAs are licensed under the psychology board in Virginia.
The May Center for ABA Services in Henrico serves military families stationed in: