Middle School Programs
Donna Goodell - Program Director
LABBB Collaborative, Burlington High School
123 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA 01803
Tel: 781-273-7056
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Chenery Middle School, Belmont, MA

Grade: 5-8

Population: Students experiencing global delays, neurological impairments, and/ or significant medical challenges.

This program is created for students who require intensive specialized instruction, with highly specialized therapeutic work to accommodate each individual, i.e., Nurse, Behaviorist, Orientation and Mobility Therapist, Vision Therapist, etc. Classroom teacher and specialists incorporate communication, motor, vision, hearing, cognition  and mobility. Specialized teaching methods are used such as PECS, Communication Devices and Assistive Technology devices. Students are able to participate in the Best Buddies Program.


Chenery Middle School, Belmont, MA

Grade: 5-8

Population: Students with intellectual and or neurological disorders.

Students are presented with specially designed instruction that focuses on the provision of small group academic instruction. The teachers use specialized instructional methods and critical pedagogy to address the specific learning needs of students, rule-based reading and writing programs, graphic organizers and writing templates are used to address the needs of executive functioning and organizational deficits. The program provides speech and language, occupational therapy, physical therapy and behavior consultation from a BCBA. Some students are able to take the standardized MCAS with accommodations, while others participate in the MCAS Alternate Portfolio. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Best Buddies Program, LABBB’s recreational events, and school-based work activities.

Chenery Middle School, Belmont, MA

Grade: 5-8

Population: Students who have autism spectrum disorders, intellectual and/or health impairments.

Specially designed guided instruction is created to address individual academic, social, emotional, and behavior needs. There is a strong emphasis on visual supports throughout classroom activities and lessons. Social skills are embedded into the curriculum. The program provides speech and language, occupational and physical therapy, and behavior consultation by a BCBA. Students have the opportunity to participate in the Best Buddies Program and community recreational and educational events.



John Glenn Middle School, Bedford, MA

Grade: 6-8

Population: Students with specific learninB disabilities, high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), mild to moderate social and emotional disorders, and anxiety disorders. Students who struggle with social pragmatlcs, execirtive functioning and other neuro'cognitive challenges may also benefit from this program.

This program has a strong focus on the development of academic skills, social-emotional learning competencies, and pragmatic language development. The program fosters independence across academic settings (sub-separate and inclusion), personal responsibility and social awareness in order to prepare for high school and beyond. Students may participate in inclusion classes for content area academic subjects, electives (academic and nonacademic), and extracurricular activities. Students take the standardized MCAS with accommodations. For students who require social- emotional support, individual counseling is available as well as teacherled groups that address social-emotional competencies. Our specialists teach using an integrated model for speech, occupational therapy (including activities of daily living) and physical therapy.



Ottoson Middle School, Arlington, MA

Grade: 5-8 Population:Students who have autism spectrum disorders, significant cognitive challenges, and require ongoing behavioral support.

Specially designed instruction is given to address the individual academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs of students. The curriculum focuses on functional academics and is based upon the principles of Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA)/Verbal Behavior Therapy. lnstruction is highly individualized and is delivered 1:1 or in small groups. Emphasis is placed on generalizing acquired skills into social settings and the community. Social and communication skills are an embedded part of the curriculum throughout the school day. Classroom activities focus on developing student independence in life skills as well as skills that transfer to job related tasks. The team includes speech/language, occupational, and physical therapies and consultation from a BCBA. Students participate in a Best Buddies program initiated and developed by student at Ottoson Middle School.



Grade: 5-8 Population:Students experiencing global delays, neurological impairments and/ or significant medical

challenges. This program is designed for students who require intensive specialized instruction with highly specialized services to accommodate each individual, i.e., Nurse, Behaviorist, Orientation and Mobility Therapist, Vision Therapist, etc. Classroom teacher and specialists incorporate communication, motor, vision, hearing, cognition, and mobility throughout all aspects of the school day. Specialized teaching methods are used such as PECS, Communication Devices and Assistive Technology devices. Students participate in a Best Buddies program initiated and developed by students at Ottoson Middle School.



Grade:6-8 Population: Students who are experiencing social/emotional and behavioral challenges

This classroom at Ottoson Middle School provides an academic setting with therapeutic supports for students who are performing at or close to grade level academically and require more structure and adult support to acquire the skills necessary to transition into a general education classroom. The curriculum is aligned with the general education classroom and modifications and accommodations are assessed and implemented on an individual basis. Opportunities for inclusion are available and implemented as the students are ready to meaningfully participate. A team of specialists include a counselor, BCBA, speech and language pathologist and occupational therapist. These staff work closely together to help students find the tools and strategies that help them self-regulate, learn to use their language to communicate effectively with others, and engage in academic curriculum.