Montessori Elementary Homeschool Blog - with documentation of our infant Montessori, toddler Montessori, and primary Montessori experiences; as well as preparation for the upcoming adolescent Montessori homeschool years.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Special Needs in Montessori

Montessori materials and environments can pinpoint issues much earlier than typical tests and programs; but that does not mean that treatment is available at these younger ages. Interestingly enough, treatments for older children remarkably resemble Montessori materials. Not everything can be treated or remediated in the Montessori environment, but a surprisingly large percentage can. 

Watch this video (in pieces!) by Dr. Steve Hughes, Montessori parent and pediatric neuropsychologist at the University of Minnesota. He goes through how to maximize the potential of the Montessori materials with special needs children. 

Click here for the video.
Click here for his main site where you can download a pdf of the slides from this talk. 

Dr. Steve Hughes, his research and presentations, have deepened my appreciation for and knowledge of the depth of the Montessori materials. We don't have to look beyond the Montessori materials for the main portion of a child's plan for special needs. 

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