Autism & Montessori: Hand-Eye Coordination

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Simple tasks such as pouring water back and forth helps with hand-eye coordination and adaptive skills for the future. We take for granted simple tasks such as pouring milk into our cereal, because it comes natural for us. But for a child with developmental delays, there is a lot to process: the weight of the cup, the speed of pouring, and the coordination so that it doesn’t spill.

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Switch it up by using different size cups/bottles and different textures. You can even add a funnel for the more advanced learners.

Have fun and it’s ok to get messy!!

*Please note that he should be using both hands. One hand to pour, one hand to hold. He still needs to work on that. Keep an eye out for that with your little one.*

Autism & Montessori: Spatial Awareness

The Montessori classroom is set up so that the child has to be aware of their surroundings. Children have lessons out on the floor, there are tables set up randomly, and the lessons have an assigned spot on the shelves. You have to look where you’re going so you don’t bump into things. I love that all the lessons are placed on shelves. This forces you to look at what you’re doing and coordinate where/how to place the item.

Here, my kiddo is returning his lesson to the second shelf. The long rectangular shape needs precise calculations. He did it!!!

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Autism & Montessori: Promoting Independence

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My favorite thing about Montessori is that it promotes independence. The children have to take care of themselves and are responsible for their stuff. Here, my little guy is washing and drying his plate after eating his snack. He then has to return it to the table and leave it ready for the next child.

This also helps if the child has sensory issues. In the past, I have had clients that didn’t want to touch the water or the rag. With prompting and desensitization, they were able to do it themselves!

Autism & Montessori

Working with autism, I was always told that it’s in the client’s best interest to attend public schools; their schedule and routine will help keep the child on track. This is what I also advised to the parents. Until I received my first client in a Montessori classroom.

I was very hesitant at first. At the time, all I knew about Montessori was that you get to teach yourself and do whatever you want. And how is that useful to a child that can’t transition on their own?! Every behavior my little boy had, my automatic response was “He’s in the wrong school.” But as time went on, I started to learn the rules of the class and I realized it was a great place to be!

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For the past 4 years, I have seen how the Montessori classroom benefits a child that has autism. Since I’m doing my ABA supervision in a Montessori classroom, I have decided to make a series with reasons as to why I think Montessori is a good fit for a child on the spectrum.

I now recommend it to my parents!!