Tuesday, October 22, 2013

"Autism: A Montessori Approach" by Michelle Lane

Book Description: The book describes the combined program using the Montessori curriculum and Applied Behaviour Analysis for teachers, schools as well as parents of children with autism. It provides the reader with the history as to why the Montessori curriculum is ideal for a child with special needs, a curriculum overview as well as strategies for these children in a clinic setting as well as a traditional Montessori school setting.

Review: Michelle Lane's book series (which includes the main book, as well as program manuals and tracking guides), provide a helpful overview of using Montessori methods to teach children with autism. It provides a brief overview of two approaches: Montessori and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), as well as the combination of these two approaches for teaching children with autism. This book does not go in depth about the Montessori philosophy, but readers seeking this information can find it in the many books available about this topic. It does, however, provide an easy-to-understand guide to using the Montessori ideas.

I would recommend these books for ABA practitioners wanting to incorporate Montessori instruction into their ABA programs, as well as Montessori teachers wanting to include students with autism into their programs.

Chapters in "Autism: A Montessori Approach" include:
  1. Montessori, Itard and Seguin
  2. Autism
  3. Applied Behaviour Analysis
  4. Blended Program
  5. Montessori Curriculum
  6. Sensorial
  7. Practical Life
  8. Language
  9. Math
  10. Culture
  11. Data Collection
  12. Play/Social Skills
  13. Sensory Processing/Anxiety
  14. Creating Your Own Program
  15. Summary
The following program tracking manuals and curriculum guides are also available:
  • Sensorial
  • Practical Life
  • Language
  • Math
  • Culture
Order at: http://tmsfa.com/MAS/products.php

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