Montessori teaching method and the Autistic Spectrum
Children with autism are not physically disabled. As such, it may be difficult to understand and children are often thought of or labeled as naughty or difficult. Even more alarming is the fact that there is no proven cure or no standard treatment for autism. In her article "The Autistic Spectrum: Autism, Asperger syndrome "AS) and Semantic Pragmatic Disorder (SPD) – a practical Montessori response, Wendy Fidler states that children diagnosed with autism experience, to some degree, impairment in the following three areas:
• Communication- "language impairment across all modes of communication - speech, intonation, gesture, facial expression and other body language"
• Socialization – "difficulties with social relationships, poor social timing, lack of social empathy, rejection of normal body contact, inappropriate eye contact"
• Imagination – "rigidity and inflexibility of thought processes, resistance to change, obsessional and ritualistic behavior, lack of creative, imaginative play"
Because the Montessori curriculum is by its nature, inclusive, the child with autism should feel safe and secure in the Montessori environment. It is the perfect place to learn and grown at his own pace.
Montessori education for a child of any age is based on the self-construction of the child within a prepared environment, aiming for the fullest possible development of the child.
The goal of this one-week Montessori teacher training course is to guide adults as they prepare for the work and responsibility of helping each child develop the fullness of his or her potential. During the course of training, the student is assisted in learning a pedagogy that supports the development of the child.
The overall objective is to study the Montessori pedagogy and practices for the autistic child between the ages of 12-15.
In other words, the course aims:
• to familiarize participants with the Montessori method and increase their understanding of the approach
• to introduce participants to the Montessori method implementation models and their practical implementation
• to enable participants to design lesson plans and materials suitable for implementing the Montessori method in their specific context.
During the course, participants are exposed to a range of activity types and resources. This can include the following:
• demonstrations of lessons using Montessori methodology;
• adapting and exploiting materials in the context of Montessori method and SEN;
• teaching strategies
The course includes daily practical sessions on preparing Montessori micro lessons for autistic learners to be used as case studies during the training and promotes the “learn how to learn” methodology and is based on learning by doing and collaborative learning.
At the completion of the course, participants will have:
• A broader understanding of the core features of the Montessori method
• Increased awareness of how to teach subjects in English to autistic students using the Montessori method
• Increased ability to plan, teach and assess learning in Montessori lessons
• Ability to use a range of strategies to support continuous language growth through the Montessori method
• Opportunity for post-course dissemination of good practice to other teachers
- 30.11.2020 > 04.12.2020 (ID: 144384)
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