Let's Talk About Autism Spectrum Disorders

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 59 children are currently on the Autism spectrum.

This rise is impacting schools across the country.  This will require teachers, educators, and professionals in all areas to move out of the comfort zone of their training to learn new techniques and methods to help support these children.

This is not just the job of Special Educators or Specialists.  It will be everyone’s task to embrace, help, and support those with ASD in our community.

In this three-part series, we will clearly define Autism Spectrum Disorders and how Montessori can meet the needs of individuals with ASD in our classrooms.

New Course for Montessori Educators

All students who complete the course will get a Certificate of Completion from the Montessori Foundation.

Additionally, if you are interested, Sarasota University offers Continuing Education Units for a fee of $20.

Course curriculum

In this three-part series, we will clearly define Autism Spectrum Disorders and how Montessori can meet the needs of individuals with ASD in our classrooms.

  • 01

    Session 1 - Overview Of Autism

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    • How to use this course
    • Before we begin...
    • Log in Live Session Instructions
    • A message from the instructor
    • Autism and Montessori
    • Why is it necessary to train teachers?
    • What do you need to know?
    • Additional teacher standards for quality teaching in ASD/Developmental Disabilities
    • What is Autism?
    • Current Trends
    • Autism Affects
    • Causes
    • Diagnosis Defined In The DSM-V
    • Characteristics
    • Strengths of Individuals with ASD
    • Temple Grandin TED 2010
    • Resource: DSM5_DiagnosticCriteria_AutismSpectrumDisorder
    • Social Skills
    • Communication
    • Unusual Interest and Behaviors
    • Others
    • Live Session 1 Recorded
    • Chat Live Session 1
  • 02

    Session 2 - Montessori Meeting The Needs Of Children With Autism

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    • Session 2
    • Quote
    • Early Intervention and Montessori
    • Why Montessori Can Meet The Need
    • Inclusive Settings
    • 7 Elements of Successful Inclusion
    • Strategies In The Classroom
    • Strategies In The Classroom
    • Examples of Work Plans/ Visual Schedule
    • Article: autism-and-montessori
    • Article: autism-case-study
    • Article: Training teaching staff to facilitate spontaneous communication in children with autism- Adult Interactive Style Intervention (AISI
    • Live Session 2 Recorded
    • Chat Live Session 2
  • 03

    Session 3 - Team Approach

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    • Session 3
    • Challenging Behavior
    • Behavior / Picture
    • What To Know About Behavior
    • Four Functions Of Behavior
    • FAST
    • What to do when additional encouragement is needed
    • De-escalation Strategies
    • De-escalation
    • Team Approach in the School Setting
    • ASD-Tips-for-Educators-Successful-Participation-at-School
    • A-LLIS-03_Autism-Strategies
    • Live Session 3 Recorded
    • Thank You
    • Chat box Live Session 3
  • 04

    Next steps

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    • Before you go...


We will meet for a 90-minute live video workshop session each Tuesday for three consecutive weeks. 


Tuesday, April 23,  30, and May 7.


7:00 to 8:30 pm Eastern Time

6:00 to 7:30 pm Central Time

5:00 to 6:30 pm Mountain Time

4:00 to 5:30 pm Pacific Time


Working with The Montessori Foundation, Montessori Guide and Special Educator, Maria Eva Chaffin, M.Ed.; and Behavior Analyst, Brynn Rangel, M.B.A. have joined together to deliver comprehensive and unique insight and guidance on addressing children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Brynn Rangel brings her insight as a Behavior Analyst in the Montessori classroom to better understand and identify patterns and strategies for children with varying levels of needs.

Maria Eva Chaffin offers extensive Montessori and Special Needs teaching and classroom experience to leverage the Montessori Method to meet the classroom needs of children with ASD.

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If you have a group of 5 or more, please email us at mariaandbrynn@montessori.org for a group discount.

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