Sunday, January 23, 2011


I went to a great workshop yesterday on Special Needs Children and Montessori.  Dr. Ann Epstein from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse was the presenter.  She is a former Children's House teacher so she had wonderful ideas for making special needs work in the Montessori environment.  One school she mentioned that has had much success with special needs and inclusion is  Topics of discussion at the workshop:  Risk Factors, Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (United States), Assessing Special Needs, Cognitive Disorders and Delays, Inclusion, Learning Disabilities, Behavioral Disorders, Sensory Integrations Disorder, Autism and Asperger's, and Partnering with Families.  I hope to blog on some specific disorders and the adaptations in the Montessori environment in the future.  What a great resource:  a Montessori teacher with a doctorate in Special Education!


  1. Sounds very interesting! It seems like special education is particularly heavy in behaviorist approaches. I will be very interested to read what you've learned in this workshop. Thanks!

  2. Please keep us posted. I'm always looking for more information on inclusion for Montessori!

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