May Institute Offers “A Closer Look” at Autism with 30 Topics for 30 Days


Randolph, Mass. – When a child or adult is diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), every member of the family is affected. While each experience is unique, there are common challenges that most individuals and their relatives face throughout their journeys. These include dealing with the diagnosis, choosing the best treatment options, and building a strong and supportive network.

Being armed with up-to-date, accurate information about ASD can help families feel more comfortable as they face these challenges. But how do they know where to begin and how to make good choices at each step along the way? An Internet search for ASD can result in hundreds of thousands of hits from a variety of sources that often provide conflicting information.

“That’s why May Institute goes beyond providing evidence-based services,” shares Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, President and CEO of May Institute. “We and our National Autism Center are also committed to raising awareness about autism and disseminating scientific information that people can use to make well-informed choices with and for their loved ones on the spectrum. One in 68 children has been diagnosed with ASD, a lifelong condition. It has never been more important for families to learn all they can. Knowledge is power.”

Drawing from the vast range of expertise provided by dozens of its clinical experts, May Institute offers the following 30 articles about autism and related special needs from its library of resources, written in accessible and practical language. These articles provide important information on a range of topics including diagnosis, early intervention, effective treatment, and everyday living strategies for individuals and families living with ASD.


  1. Get the Facts About ASD
  2. How Is ASD Diagnosed?
  3. Managing the Stress that Accompanies a Diagnosis
  4. Early Intervention
  5. Evidence-based Practices
  6. What Is Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)?
  7. Functions of Behaviors
  8. What Does that Mean? (1 & 2)
  9. When a Family Member Is Diagnosed
  10. Communication Tools for Children with ASD
  11. Limited, Supervised Screen Time Can Be Beneficial
  12. Reducing Self-stimulatory Behavior
  13. Behavioral Traps and How to Avoid Them
  14. What Are Token Economies?
  15. Maintaining Skills in Summer
  16. Fun and Safe Summer Outings
  17. Out-of-District Placement
  18. Back to School with ASD
  19. Halloween Tips
  20. Plan Ahead for More Relaxing Holidays
  21. Coming of Age with Developmental Disability
  22. Turning 22 and Autism
  23. Helping Individuals with Special Needs Develop Friendships
  24. Navigating the First Romantic Relationship
  25. Managing Sensory Overload
  26. How to Help People with Special Needs Benefit from and Enjoy Community Outings
  27. Anxiety Disorders in People with Intellectual Disabilities
  28. Vacationing with an Adult with Intellectual Disabilities
  29. Finding the Balance Between Providing Support and Promoting Independence
  30. Celebrating the Special Qualities of Individuals with ASD

About May Institute
May Institute is an award-winning nonprofit organization with more than 60 years of experience in serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury and neurobehavioral disorders, and other special needs. The organization provides educational, rehabilitative, and behavioral healthcare services to individuals, as well as training and consultation services to professionals, organizations, and public school systems. At more than 140 service locations across the country, highly trained staff work to create new and more effective ways to meet the special needs of individuals and families across the lifespan. For more information, call 800.778.7601 or visit

About the National Autism Center at May Institute
The National Autism Center is May Institute’s Center for the Promotion of Evidence-based Practice. It is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) by providing reliable information, promoting best practices, and offering comprehensive resources for families, practitioners, and communities. Visit
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