Randolph, Mass. – May Institute, a national nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive, research-based services to children and adults with autism and other special needs, has opened a new May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Colorado Springs, Colo.
The Center will serve military and civilian families and their children with autism who live near or are stationed at Fort Carson, Peterson Air Force Base, Schriever Air Force Base, the U.S. Air Force Academy, and surrounding areas.
Autism is a neurological disorder that affects the development of the brain, causing difficulty with communication, learning, and social interaction. The most recent studies (CDC, 2014) report that the incidence rate for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one in every 68 children. More than 23,000 military dependents have a diagnosis on the autism spectrum, and their condition is made more difficult by the unique circumstances that accompany military life such as frequent relocations and deployments.
“The challenges experienced by every parent raising a child with autism are often magnified for military families,” says Lauren C. Solotar, Ph.D., ABPP, President and CEO of May Institute. “We are working to reduce the stressors related to autism for these families by providing them with access to effective treatment, resources, and care at locations across the country.”
May Institute provides services to all branches of the military – Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force, and Coast Guard. In addition to the military bases served by the new Colorado Center, May Institute also offers services to families stationed at or living near the following bases: Naval Air Station Jacksonville and Naval Station Mayport in Florida; Fort Benning, Fort Stewart, Hunter Army Airfield, and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay in Georgia; Fort Campbell in Kentucky/Tennessee; Installations throughout Military District of Washington, Northern Virginia, and Maryland; Fort Eustis, Fort Lee, and the Hampton Roads catchment area in Virginia; Hanscom Air Force Base, Westover Air Reserve Base, and Massachusetts Military Reservation in Massachusetts; Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst in New Jersey; Camp Lejeune and New River catchment area in North Carolina; and Naval Station Newport in Rhode Island.
May Institute behavior therapists in these locations use techniques based on the principals of applied behavior analysis (ABA) such as positive reinforcement, teaching in small steps, prompting, and repeated practice. They assist families in researching their insurance coverage options for applied behavior analysis (ABA) therapy services, including coverage mandates at the state-wide level. All practices reflect the most current policy updates from TRICARE and other health insurances, amidst a rapidly changing landscape in autism insurance reform.
“My staff and I provide ABA services and consultation in the home, community, school, and social environments,” says Jenny Wu, BCBA, the Center’s Program Director. “We also offer support and training for parents and professionals in the community who may come in contact with children with autism while in the field.”
For more information about the new May Center for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Colorado Springs, contact Jenny Wu at (719) 640-9519 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About May Institute
May Institute is an award-winning nonprofit organization with nearly 60 years of experience in serving children and adults with autism spectrum disorder and other developmental disabilities, brain injury, mental illness, and behavioral health 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 160 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 www.mayinstitute.org.