Working with autism, I was always told that it’s in the client’s best interest to attend public schools; their schedule and routine will help keep the child on track. This is what I also advised to the parents. Until I received my first client in a Montessori classroom.
I was very hesitant at first. At the time, all I knew about Montessori was that you get to teach yourself and do whatever you want. And how is that useful to a child that can’t transition on their own?! Every behavior my little boy had, my automatic response was “He’s in the wrong school.” But as time went on, I started to learn the rules of the class and I realized it was a great place to be!
For the past 4 years, I have seen how the Montessori classroom benefits a child that has autism. Since I’m doing my ABA supervision in a Montessori classroom, I have decided to make a series with reasons as to why I think Montessori is a good fit for a child on the spectrum.
I now recommend it to my parents!!
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I work in an alternative school (in Austria)that is not strictly Montessori – but very influenced by the method. We have two autistic students who are thriving and fully integrated. I look forward to reading more about your experiences.