May Center School for Brain Injury and Related Disorders

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At the May Center School for Brain Injury and Neurobehavioral Disorders, we are dedicated to providing the highest quality education available for students with neurobehavioral disorders. Our special education services and academic instruction programs are based on published best practice standards for teaching children and adolescents with academic, social, physical, and behavioral difficulties.

Each student’s educational programming is directed by their Individualized Education Plan (IEP). School staff develop the IEP in concert with family members, representatives from the student’s home school district, and any other professionals that may be involved.

Our teachers and certified brain injury specialists (CBIS/AACBIS) work with students in small groups or individually, combining best practices from the fields of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and special education.

Each student has a program book that includes detailed plans for implementing his or her IEP. Teachers record data in this book daily, noting the child’s challenges and progress with developmental, behavioral, and educational goals.

We continually:

  • assess the strengths, needs, and preferences of each student,
  • develop integrated educational plans based on those assessments,
  • apply effective teaching strategies,
  • carefully monitor and evaluate student progress, and
  • prepare students for a fulfilling adult life.

Our educational services focus on the following:

Evidence-based Learning.

  • We follow standards and expectations indicated by the Massachusetts curriculum with frameworks clearly identified and integrated into teaching and student learning.
  • We customize education to each individual student.
  • We use evidence-based academic interventions to provide meaningful feedback and enhance teaching. We combine these teaching methods with best practices from the field of applied behavior analysis (ABA) and special education.
  • We provide professional development opportunities to enable teachers to improve and reflect on their instruction.


  • Our educational services are organized around providing students with the knowledge and tools they need to access the community, and providing opportunities for students to apply those skills directly in the community.

Transition to Adult Life.

  • We incorporate functional life skills, job training, and social programming to prepare students with brain injury and their families for successful transitions into adulthood.

Social and Emotional Development.

  • Students improve their social and emotional skills through effective instruction provided at all developmental levels in the classroom and throughout school-wide programs based on applied behavior analysis (ABA).
  • Our staff partner with parents to promote social development and emotional well-being by incorporating a sense of safety, wellness, and security for all students.