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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No-tie Laces

Does your child have difficulties tying their shoes? Simple tasks like tying shoe laces can be very hard for a child that has autism. I found this site that fixes that!! It’s called SnapLaces and they look really neat!!

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Check out this article on how these laces helped a child with autism put on his shoes independently for the first time!!

Sensory Play & Spoon Feeding

Over the holidays, I cleaned out my craft room. I was about to throw away some perler beads when I realized I can use them for sensory play.

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A mom had mentioned to me that her son was not using a spoon to eat. So I’ve combined his favorite things (pegs, nesting cups, and animals) and added new things (spoons and beads) for him to explore. This pairing will make the new items fun and hopefully over time, increases the interaction the boy has with these new items.

Providing lots of opportunities to practice is the key to learning a new behavior. How often does a child get to practice spoon feeding? Only when it’s time to eat. If you incorporate the spoon during play, there are more chances to practice the simple things like holding the spoon correctly and hand-eye coordination. The child can use the spoon to scoop, pour, mix, whatever!

Have fun!