New Southeast Regional Autism Center Responds to Critical Need for Children’s Autism Services


Columbus, Ga. — May Institute, a national nonprofit network of educational, behavioral, and rehabilitative programs and services, is pleased to announce the opening of the Southeast Regional Autism Center. Dedicated to meeting the immediate and pressing need for autism services, the Center offers specialized resources to families, private agencies, and public schools in the Tri-County area and beyond. It also provides services to military families stationed at Fort Benning and other bases across the Southeast. The Center is located at 705 17th Street, Suite 401 in Columbus.

“As the number of children being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) increases, one of the many obstacles that both civilian and military families face is finding skilled providers for autism services – early diagnosis, intensive intervention, and effective treatment,” said Walter P. Christian, Ph.D., ABPP, President and CEO of May Institute. “The Southeast Regional Autism Center will give families access to these much needed services, through state-of-the-art programming that will address all areas of their child’s development.”

The Center’s professional staff have significant expertise and experience in applied behavior analysis (ABA), the methodology universally recognized as critical for teaching children with an ASD diagnosis or other behavioral or developmental disabilities. All clinical staff at the Southeast Regional Autism Center are Board Certified Behavior Analysts (BCBAs) or Board Certified Associate Behavior Analysts (BCABAs). They work with the support and oversight of doctoral-level senior staff, ensuring excellence of care.

Educational and behavioral services offered by the Center include:

  • Autism screenings
  • Parent education
  • Home-based services
  • School consultation services
  • Social skills development groups
  • Training for daycare, after-school, and respite care providers
  • Medical staff education

Home-based and school consultation services offered by the Center are accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of rehabilitation Facilities (CARF).

The Southeast Regional Autism Center has been established in affiliation with the National Autism Center, an organization dedicated to serving children and adolescents with ASD. This affiliation enhances the training and educational services provided through the Southeast Regional Autism Center, meeting best practice standards for evidence-based behavioral and educational interventions for children with autism.

For more information about the Southeast Regional Autism Center, call 706-571-7771.

About May Institute

Since its founding more 50 years ago, May Institute has evolved into an award-winning national network that serves over 25,000 individuals and their families annually. With corporate headquarters in Randolph, Massachusetts, the Institute operates nearly 200 service locations in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Midwest, and on the West Coast. Six May Institute schools serve children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).

The Institute works with more than 200 school systems each year, providing training and consultation services to administrators, teachers, and students. An active center of research and training, the Institute maintains affiliations with more than 40 universities, hospitals, and human service agencies worldwide.

May Institute received the 2007 Award for Enduring Programmatic Contributions in Behavior Analysis from the Society for the Advancement of Behavior Analysis. As the 2005 recipient of the Outstanding Training Program Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, May Institute is the first non-profit human services organization in the country to be honored by both national organizations with these awards.

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