Ds is 7, in year 2 of a public school M. To anyone who has been around here for a few years, it may come as no surprise that we are wrapping up the evaluation process. He is testing out as "twice exceptional" - gifted with either ADHD or Asperger's Syndrome (more likely PDD-NOS, if on the autism spectrum).
Now, this Montessori is a real compromise for us - free but with major limitations to the Montessori aspects. I still feel it's better than traditional - he gets more freedom of movement, limited testing or homework, hands-on learning (although I don't see it being really "rich" learning experiences, but that's not really due to the program).
His IEP meeting is tomorrow. I'm thinking of accommodations that we can put on it. Some of them are things that I think should be in a Montessori classroom that aren't necessarily present. I've come up with: reducing the amount of written work, unless the focus is specifically writing; allow to work in a quiet, alternate setting - because the open classroom concept and the kids' incessant use of the electric pencil sharpener create a noisy/distracting environment; assessing his knowledge through alternate means, if necessary - like allowing him verbal responses or just laying the works out for check, rather than basing it on the "quality" of his written production.
Anyone else have ideas of things that should already be in a Montessori classroom that could help accommodate the ADHD traits?