Latest Event Updates
On Friday, October 23rd, the LABBB Behavioral Intervention Program (BIP) held its first professional day workshop. One of the speakers for the workshop was LABBB Behavior Consultant Lisa Gurdin, who is also a Professor at Northeastern University. The Workshop was on Foundations of Behavior Analysis.
LABBB’s Behavioral Intervention Programs are located at Arlington High School, Ottoson Middle School in Arlington and the Wellington Elementary School in Belmont. The BIP programs work primarily with students on the Autism Spectrum.
Please click on the link below to listen to a short clip of Lisa’s workshop for our BIP Staff .
Bonnie Singer was back for our Brain Frames training this year. The focus was on using Brain Frames for Reading comprehension. This is the first Professional day for staff from our Lexington, Bedford, Belmont and Career Directions High School programs, and our Chenery and John Glenn middle school programs.
Below are some examples of Brain Frames that were done by LABBB staff
On September 18th, Francis Wyman Elementary School in Burlington had its grand opening ceremony for their new state of the art playground. This has been in the works for the past three years, organized by Mary Sweeney, Susan Astone, Francis Wyman Principal, and people in the Burlington community
LABBB Collaborative has 3 Classrooms in the Francis Wyman Elementary Program, our 2 multi-handicapped classrooms (IDEAL) and our Developmental-K classroom. Classroom Teacher, Maria Cormier, was a big part of working with the architects of the playground to make it accessible to all LABBB students.
The Francis Wyman playground committee dedicated a Maze for Marisol O’Brien, a LABBB student who passed away last December. Marisol was a student from Lexington who attended the LABBB IDEAL Program at Francis Wyman Elementary school.
Below is a video of Mr. O’Brien who spoke at the ceremony. This was a very emotional speech which I wanted to share with you. Please listen I think you will find it very moving. The Audio is a little hard to hear at some points in the video but most of it is clear.
Susan Astone, Francis Wyman Principal, introduces Mr. O’Brien.
Please click on the video below.
On June 18 , 2009 LABBB helds its high school graduation ceremonies. The LABBB Graduation is an evening “Dinner Dance” where students, families, friends, and LABBB staff enjoy the graduation ceremonies, a formal dinner and then celebrate with dancing.
The LABBB graduation Dinner dance is one of highlights of the LABBB events during the year. LABBB had 27 High School graduates this year. The ceremonies began with speeches from three LABBB graduates and a keynote speech by Joseph O’Connor who has been working for the collaborative for 31 years.
A Ducky Day on the Duck Tour
By Michelle Collins
BIP– LABBB Arlington had its annual trip into the Science Museum for the Famous Duck Tour. The elementary classrooms as well as two students from the middle school went on Monday June 8th and had a blast!
The classrooms rode through Boston listening to our tour guide “RED”. Our Duck boat was green and boy oh boy did we quack! Quack, quack, quack!!
After touring Boston we went into the water. All of the children that wanted to drive the boat got a turn. Once “RED” showed the children where the horn was, that was it! I think the children had more fun with the horn than the driving!!
The LABBB Chenery Middle School Graduation was held on June 10th 2009. The graduation was attended by LABBB staff, Chenery Middle School staff, and the Best Buddies from Chenery. The keynote speaker was a student from Belmont High School where LABBB also has a program. Her talk was very impressive as she spoke about her interaction and involvement with the LABBB students and how she struggled with her own learning disability.
The Best Buddies program at Chenery Middle School is always a highlight of the graduation ceremonies. All the Chenery best buddies attended the graduation and their support of the LABBB students is tremendous. We want to thank all of the best buddies for their work with the LABBB Collaborative Program.