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Montessori for Special Needs

I am currently doing a research paper on the Montessori method and education for children who are mentally challenged. Do you know of anybody that can help me with literature, or that can answer some questions? If so please let me know.
Thank you

There is a book by R.C. Orem, "Montessori and the Special Child" that talks about the application of Montessori methods for children who are handicapped or are ranged outside the norm. Also another book by R.C. Orem, "Montessori for the Disadvantaged" is another one I would recommend for you. I would be glad to answer any questions within my means for you as well. Good luck with your research! Montessori Mom




posted at 6:27 p.m. on May 1, 2009

Circle of Inclusion is a great video about Montessori and children with sever special needs... also has a great set of hand outs with it. Information on line as well.


posted at 5:06 a.m. on March 3, 2010

I had my daughter who is an ESE student in Montessori school and although the method of teaching worked to some extent. My daughter socially felt lonely and inadequate. The teaching staff was not open to suggests and took offense to any deviation to what they were doing. The children were often judgement of her or ignored her. She was not happy. There is an ESE Montessori in a town 45 minutes away that could be perfect. They supplement the Montessori method with other programs to compliment.


posted at 4:58 p.m. on April 11, 2010

My child has a developmental delay. He has a little bit of problem focusing, or understanding what is required from him in class. He is in 1st grade in the public school where they've put him in special education since pre-K. He has had mixed results. In pre-K, he learned odd behaviors from other children. In Kindergarten, we had a good teacher who worked very hard on him and helped him to learn how to read and to do math. First grade was not so good. The teacher was expecting and did not really help him progress, and his writing actually got worse. He isn't autistic, but just has focusing difficulties. But once he is focused and knows what is required, he is pretty quick in his work. We are wondering if Montessori might help him. I've read that in Montessori schools, a child learns at his own pace, almost independently, rather than competing against others his age. This is more like real life and I'm thinking about sending him to one of the 3 Montessori schools in the town. What is your opinion on this? What questions should I ask the schools and what I should I look for if this is the way for him?


posted at 5:04 p.m. on July 11, 2013

I have a son with autistic spectrum disorder (ASD) who has been thriving in a Montessori environment. Please visit my website: which highlights the benefits of Montessori for students with autism, and offers practical suggestions as to how to accommodate students with special needs in a Montessori classroom.

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