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Autism Treatment, Research, and Tools for Independence (May Institute)


One in 59 children has autism. May Institute is a national leader in providing exceptional educational and family services for boys, girls, men, and women with autism spectrum disorder. Everyone deserves a bright and hopeful future - help us change lives.

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You support helps children and adults with autism, brain injury and other special needs receive the treatment they need to reach their full potential. Meet Jaxon and John. Both boys are brown-eyed, brown-haired, inquisitive, and very active. And both boys have autism spectrum disorder (ASD). They live with their parents, Tracy and Brandon, near Camp Geiger in North Carolina.Jaxson was diagnosed when he was about 2 years old. He received applied behavior analysis (ABA) services from therapists at the May Institute's Center for ASD in Jacksonville, N.C. His parents were overjoyed when Jaxson successfully transitioned from a preschool classroom for children with special needs into a classroom for typically developing students. It was during that time that John was born. John was diagnosed when he was 18 months old. Like Jaxson, he receives ABA services from May Institute therapists. Tracy says:"I know Jaxson wouldn't be where he is today without the ABA therapy he received at an early age. That has made a profound difference for him and I know it will for John, too. I have learned a lot from our therapists about ABA techniques like positive reinforcement and ignoring bad behavior and setting expectations. By teaching us these techniques, our May therapists have helped us be able to go to the grocery store. That sounds like a simple thing, but it's not when you have two kids on the autism spectrum. Just being able to go out with them is a big, big thing. Jaxson says he wants to be a military man like his daddy. I tell him he can do whatever he wants to do.