Supporting Inclusion in Montessori Communities

"A child is mysterious and powerful and contains within himself the secret of human life.”    -Maria Montessori

Montessori schools now have an unprecedented opportunity to serve an even wider swath of children with an ever-expanding range of abilities. We are revisiting the Montessori materials and practices with these special children in mind.

“Helping Hands” is designed to bring together Montessori educators and special education professionals to discuss strategies and ideas for supporting children with special needs.  These informal discussions will help participants create a network with each another, and use our combined expertise to strategize effective modifications that work within a Montessori structure, in order to set reasonable goals and evaluate interventions.

Join us at our next Helping Hands discussion on Thursday, December 4, from 4:30-6:00. The focus for this month’s discussion is Autism. Our guests will be Fawn Anderson, MA, an autism specialist with Multnomah Early Childhood Program and adjunct faculty at PSU. Fawn provides training, coaching, and consultation to teachers, parents, and other professionals working with children who have an identified autism spectrum disorder. Dave Andrews, speech pathologist and special education administrator for MECP will return, and Sarah Werner Andrews, Director of Primary Training at Montessori Northwest, will facilitate the discussion. Join us as we learn more about autism spectrum disorders and to support children with autism in Montessori communities.
 
At our last Helping Hands discussion, teachers, administrators, parents, and special education professionals gathered at MNW for a relaxed and enjoyable discussion about inclusion in Montessori communities. After generating dozens of reasons why Montessori settings are such a good match for children with special needs, there was lively discussion around several aspects that many of us find challenging; how to help all of the children (and families!) develop respect and tolerance for each other;  how to work effectively with parents; how to find the source of challenging behaviors and give children positive means to get what they need and want; and the effective uses of prompting and reinforcements in helping children with special needs. Participants found the evening very inspiring and positive, and we hope many of you will return for this next discussion about autism.

When:  Thursday, December 4, 2014
Where:  Montessori Northwest 622 SE Grand Ave, Portland, OR  97214
Time:  4:30-6:00pm – Light refreshments provided
Who:  Open to All
Cost:  FREE to attend

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Please RSVP to MNW Community Outreach Director, Braden Pemberton, at 503.963.8992 or braden@montessori-nw.org.

**WE ARE PLEASED TO ANNOUNCE THAT MNW WILL BE OFFERING SET 1 CERTIFICATES FOR THIS AND ALL FUTURE HELPING HANDS DISCUSSION FORUMS. PLEASE RSVP TO GUARANTEE WE HAVE A CERTIFICATE FOR YOU.

Posted on August 27, 2014 .