I'm just wondering if anyone here has kids on the spectrum who attend a Reggio Emilia or inquiry based school? Our 4.5yo begins school in January 2014 (we're in the southern hemisphere) and until diagnosis, we had always intended to send him to a Reggio school. We have done Reggio playgroup for years and his kindergarten is play based and loosely Reggio inspired. When we received his diagnosis one of our biggest points of grief was that Reggio wouldn't be a good educational fit for him - busy, loud multi-age classrooms etc etc.
But now, his psych has said that if we can work hard on his sensory stuff in the next 6 months, and ensure that the school is on side with working out the right structure/flexibility balance and contingencies for hard days, then she wouldn't be too concerned about Reggio. I still have concerns, but so want this that I'm having trouble not making an emotional decision.
Anyone have any insight?
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Hi there! Great questions. I am not an OT but I know that children with sensory concerns can range broadly from very sensitive to actually needing a great deal of input in order to modulate and feel self control. I think it would depend totally on where your child falls on that spectrum. Does the dr/OT who evaluated him have recommendations about this? I am not a Reggio parent (I'm sure someone will turn up shortly) but I have perceived Reggio to be very child based and oriented toward individual needs. Have you spoken to the program director yet?
MujerMamaMismo, how is everything going? Did your child attend a Reggio school?
Would you mind my asking what kind of sensory work you did with your child? I'm not sure what working hard on sensory stuff means. My son has some sensory issues and we've done what I think is sensory integration therapy and unfortunately, I don't see major changes.
I'm a bit disheartened but I hope it worked for you.