Ds is 7, in year 2 of a public school M. we are wrapping up the evaluation process, and he is testing out as "twice exceptional" - gifted with either ADHD or Asperger's Syndrome (more likely PDD-NOS, if on the autism spectrum). He also has SPD and writing difficulties (sees a private OT, but won't qualify for direct service in the school, in this area).
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 for him - 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. 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.
His meeting is tomorrow (Wednesday the 30th), and I'd love to generate more ideas before the meeting, and I would love your suggestions of what has worked for your kids. I know it's hard to give suggestions when you don't know my ds, but throwing out your ideas and experiences will be helpful - I can evaluate whether they would benefit my particular kid. :) TIA!