We appreciate and even celebrate our physical differences. Let’s extend that same acceptance and love to neurological differences, too.
As an Autistic who works with Autistic children and their families, I try to share information that will be beneficial to both neurodivergent and neurotypical households. The coaching I offer is Montessori aligned–there’s no “training” but rather understanding and guiding both parent and child. No rewards and no punishments. We work on understanding and aids.
A few topics I have worked with families on; routines, personal care assistance, understanding behavior, creating calming environments, parental confidence, etc.
“I followed these children, studying them, studied them closely, and they taught me how to teach them.” -Maria Montessori
What is Montessori and why have coaching aligned with it? Montessori is about following and respecting the child. There are too many therapies intended for Autistics that are aimed at trying to force us to fit into a box. But we can’t–we are wonderfully unique and our differences should be understood and celebrated.
-Respect the child. Accept the child for who they are, which means we may need to alter how we work with them depending on their needs and abilities. Respecting them includes their dignity and following them at their own pace. We listen to what they have to say and what they require–this may be verbal or acknowledged through observation.
–Follow the child. We offer work and guidance that meet needs based on observations. Noticing what the child is ready to learn, not what we think they should be learning based on their age or peers’ abilities. Each child is unique and they deserve to be recognized, honoured, and celebrated as such.
–Educate the child as a whole. Meeting their cognitive, emotional, social, and physical needs.
–Materials that work for them. Offering materials that meet current development, not based on age and what a child “should” be doing.
–A prepared environment. Providing a safe and welcoming environment. This varies from child to child depending on the development and interests that are recognized. Freedom, structure and order, beauty, nature and reality, social environment, and intellectual environment.
–Prepared adult. A prepared adult guides the child while preventing their own desire and wants from interfering. They observe, making sure that the child has what they need to thrive. They welcome the child as they are, for who they are, and who they will evolve into. The prepared adult is constantly learning and progressing.
“The real preparation for education is a study of one’s self.
The training of the teacher who is to help life is something
far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training
of character, it is a preparation of the spirit.”
—Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
A lot of coaching works with goals and deadlines–a set time when something should be achieved. We won’t have that. While there may be intentions we work towards, it’s more a journey, providing skills and techniques. While called one-on-one coaching, I’m a firm believer in family involvement. If your whole family wishes to join in one session or in them all, I have no problem with that from my end. The session time and cost remain the same. Your partner, child, additional caregivers–all are welcome as you are a team with the same objective.
Please fill out the Coaching Agreement and email to french.family.montessori[at]gmail.com prior to the first session.
Questions or need a different date/time? Please feel free to reach me at french.family.montessori[at]gmail.com or connect with me here.
Appointment times are Eastern Time (ET).
*I previously worked in-person with families, but virtual sessions allow me to assist more while saving travel time–which you will find my new rates reflect. In the fall my prices will increase to be more accurate in value. At this time I am not offering packages. This may change in the fall when rates increase to make sessions more accessible.