Anyone have a special needs child who goes to a Montessori school? Or have any general insight to Montessori in general?
My son has some pretty significant social/emotional delays as well as some sensory issues. He currently has a blanket autism spectrum dx and attends an integrated preschool which is great. His preschool staff, including his teacher who runs a camp for children with autism and the psychologist who meets with him individually twice a week, do not believe the autism dx is appropiate for him. Our challange comes next fall when he starts kindergarden. He has problems functioning in groups, there is no way he will sit in a class of 26 5 yr olds listening to one teacher recite "A says ahh". Especially since his is already reading at age 4, from self directed learning. He tests very well and because of this, there is no way he will qualify for services at the kindergarden level since they are based on academic need. There is a very big concern from his preschool staff about what will happen to him next year.
I think I am going to look into a Montessori school, PK-6. I think there will be both advantages and disadvantages for my son in a Montessori program. One advantage would be very little need to adjust to functioning as part of a large group, but that is also a disadvantage since he will need learn as part of a group when he is older.
Kindergarden is causing me way too much stress when it is still so far away.