This is my first post on here, I have learned a lot listening to the discussions. I have a 4 yr old daughter with autism currently in an inclusive pre - K program and are looking to relocate to a different county with a breadth of service and opportunities for her. I recently learned about montessori and wonder if it will be a good fit for her - I currently have no experience with montessori beside what I have read so far. We have both private and public montessori schools in the area . The private school program looks great, would stress me financially but I am willing to pay if it will benefit my daughter. I like the idea of smaller class rooms, individualized teaching, and being around older kids to model after. However, I am unsure of what additional services she will get in the private sector though...She currently gets speech and OT at her public school.
On the other hand, I've been looking into our public magnet montessori school as an affordable alternative. I really like the montessori model but I am unsure of how authentic the environment will be given that it's a fusion of public curriculum. Certain public schools in our area have inclusive programs but this school is not one of them - so not sure exactly how her needs will be met. Obviously, I plan on visiting the schools and talking to the teachers but can anyone give me any guidance regarding the above schools- pros/cons? :
About my daughter, she is high functioning and reads at a grade 1-2 level. Her primary issues are with speech (specifically expressive) delay. She is quite affectionate with good eye contact but has some rigidity around routines. She is very playful with her older brother but does not seek out other kids without prompting. She is also very stubborn, which has nothing to do with her autism and everything to do with being a 4 yr old
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