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My heart goes out to you! My son was also diagnosed with Sensory Integration Dysfunction a little over a year ago. He has made vast improvements since then through occupational therapy and changing him to a Montessori school. I am sad to hear your son's teachers are being so, what seems to me sorry, but narrow-minded. I am no expert on Montessori but I never heard of a child being made to finish up a writing assignment before being allowed to go outside. Especially if the teachers are informed that this (writing) is difficult for your son (as it was at first for my son). The whole idea of Montessori is that children can work at their own pace. I am sorry the teachers are not working with you! This does not sound right. I was under the opinion that the Montessori system is especially good for children with SID because so many of the teaching materials are so sensorial. I love Montessori but if this is the only Montessori school where you live I might consider changing if they do not become more understanding!
Keep us updated and good luck!
[QUOTE=Sandykf My son started at a montessori this year in first grade. He is 7. He has a mild form of Sensory Integration Dysfunction (SID). This is not a learning disability nor has he not ever met any developemetal milestones. Many children (and adults) have this and don't know. Also, most teachers are not familiar with SID.
My son cannot spend large amounts of time writing because he becomes fatigued. He is also hypersensitve and has to work in a quiet corner to concentrate. He learns very well in short bursts. (His comprehension was tested as an 11 year-old, however his motor skills are at about a 5 year-old) The class is set up where he has to finish his language (writing) by lunch or he cannot participate in recess until it is finished. Heavy physical activity is the conerstone to organizing, calming and integrating the nervous system, so this makes things even worse. He hates school, (he has alway been an avid and excellent learner and lovbed every other school) and is so busy trying to finish his writing, that he never has time to enjoy the other materials in the class.
I have had meetings with the teachers and the Director trying to explain his needs, and given them copies of his O.T's reports as well as info on SID. We havn't made much progress.
I feel I am just one small pebble with no clout at this school. I have always been involved in my children's schools (on the boards, running the PTA)but here I feel like an outsider and I am not sure where to get more info or ideas to help me help the teachers, help my son.
We live in a small city and I don't have many other school options.
Thank you and sorry for the length. This SID stuff requires lots of info.[/QUOTE]