What Type Of School Is Best For An SPD Child?


Do you know what types of schools SPD children do well in? Montessori? Traditional?

Thanks,
Lee

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Lee,

These children typically do well in a school that can provide low class size, and lots of opportunities for hands on learning and movement throughout their day. Many Montessori schools can provide an ideal environment for these kids, but you would want to go observe and ask questions for yourself as some individual owners have their own versions and do not provide the same level of open learning experiences and tolerance for different learning styles as most Montessori schools.

Some private or charter schools can be a good choice, depending on their philosophy of learning. Traditional schools do vary in the level of services provided and class size, and may not always be the best choice for our SPD kids. It entirely depends on the district, the severity of the child's needs and the accommodations needed and provided.

And there is homeschool. With over 2 million homeschoolers in the USA today, many families are choosing this method for their children who have special education or learning needs. If you want to read more about homeschooling your SPD child, you might want to read my article: Jumping Off a Cliff into Homeschooling.

There is a lot of support these days by many professionals in this field that this type of learning and support may be the best situation for many of our SPD kids. But it is true, it is not for everybody, and is an option that would need great consideration. The first step would be to find out the laws governing homeschooling in your state. You can find them at either of these links...

http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com/directory/Legalities.htm
or
http://www.homeedmag.com/lawregs/lawregs.html


Michelle Morris
Administrator, SPD International

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Aug 07, 2016
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Montessori's are not all good!
by: Anonymous

I had a terrible experience at a Montrssori with my son. Many Montessori's today no longer really follow the original mandate and this school was completely intolerant. They had no idea what SPD is and clearly only wanted highly gifted very compliant kids. My kids gifted but not compliant. They made us and him feel terrible! They also shorted us on our refund when we left.

Feb 01, 2016
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Following up on Tacoma Waldorf for SPD? Or other Waldorf schools?
by: Anonymous

Just wondering about any updates on the Tacoma Waldorf school and sensory needs? We looked at the school last year for our son but came to a mutual understanding with the teacher that he was wasn't ready for a school setting, so we've been continuing to homeschool him. But his symptoms have been improving a lot (check out nutrigenomic therapy, so helpful!) and we might reconsider it. This would be for 4th grade next year. We'd also be interested to hear of any Waldorf schools in other parts of the US as well that might be particularly skillful and equipped to deal with SPD and ADHD. We use a Waldorf curriculum for homeschooling and love the approach but feel like the way Waldorf schools support special needs can be so hit or miss. What our son really needs is a very patient, very skillful teacher who won't give up on him and will work with him so he can be his very best self!

May 19, 2013
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Schools K-8
by: Anonymous

Do anyone of you know schools around Seattle,WA for SPD sensory seeker kids? my son is currently in kindergarten and has a hard time and no services provider by the school district. Thank you

Sep 25, 2012
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private teacher
by: Anonymous

You may consider hiring a private tutor for your children. I did. She was only 22 at the time and full of fun and energy. She is still with us 3 years later and he loves her. She is not a full fledged teacher, but she knows what he needs to learn and does it. It also gives me a break.
It's worth $20/hr and the days are very short... four hours in 4th grade.
I found my teacher at wyzant.com and there are other sites also that have teachers/tutors...

Sep 25, 2012
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more comments... I am original poster
by: Lee

Hi there. This is a photo of my son many years ago when I was seeking a school.

I have to tell you that we ended up at a school for autism. At his young age then it was perfect. He was 4. By the age of 6 though he outgrew the school. Some of his friends were more severe.

Now we are fortunate enough to have a private teacher in my home to teach Charlie. He turned 9 in May and is academically on target. I don't think this could/would have happened in a typical school.

I know everyone can not have a private teacher, but perhaps you can homeschool your child. I, as you, didn't feel I had the energy to do that... But, the options are not so good for our children out there.

My son learned to read at age 7 with the computer program Fast Forward (it trains the brain). I thought he would never learn to read.
We have just finished 6 months of The Listening Program and his emotional regulation is really doing well.

I just had a brain map done on him that show how active his brain is and we are going to do neurofeedback so he can learn to "calm down". I don't want medications.

One more thing. I have a DAN dr. that did titer testing on my son. (I don't do vaccines) His titers showed he was immune to everything except tetanus. The dr. recommended not to get that vaccine until we absolutely had to because it would probably cause tics. Sure enough Charlie got cut on a barnacle in the water, had to get the shot..now he has tics. This is something you may want to know about SPD kids...
take care and good luck. My son is becoming more typical everyday.

Sep 25, 2012
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SPD PreSchool in Columbus, Ohio
by: Sensory Seeker Mom

Hello! Does anyone know of a SPD (public or private) school in or around the Columbus, Ohio area? I am the Mom of a Sensory Seeker and we are close to getting asked to leave our 4th daycare/childcare. I am very frusterated and dissappointed in the lack of knowledge and training currently in the daycare/childcare centers we have been enrolled in. The last two centers said they were equipped and able to take on a Sensory Seeker but later decided that he is to much. Our last facility had him for 1 1/2 years. Any information would be appreciated. Thanks very much!

Sep 16, 2012
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Schools in Knoxville, TN area?
by: Anonymous

Anyone know of a school -- public or private-- in the Knoxville, TN area for kids with SPD. My son will be entering 5th grade.

Jan 30, 2012
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SCHOOL
by: Anonymous

Wow. I am currently looking for new school for my son in Georgia, Gwinett County as well. He currently attends Goddard on satellite. The school is wonderful and his teacher is going above and beyond but it is just not enough. I cant make her read or educate herself more. Many Montessori schools are really far or not accredited or open only till 3 pm. Plus I am not really sure if they would be fitted for his disorder as they have way more children and he gets very overstimulated. I can't homeschool since I am a single parent. The issues are not very often but i just see more negative feedback and he is starting to dislike the school.

Nov 30, 2011
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SCHOOL
by: Anonymous

Does anyone have any private school suggestions for Georgia? Gwinnett County

Oct 19, 2011
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Good School for SPD in Tacoma
by: Anonymous

The Tacoma Waldorf School is a great school for kids with SPD. They are very accommodating and have a very very hands on curriculum with lots of fine and large motor throughout the day. My son is struggling with the class size there in the pre-school (18) but the grades vary between 4-12 students. They would not be equipped to handle severe learning disabilities but they are amazing with sensory issues. The classrooms are visually uncluttered, there is a very definite rhythm to the day so the children know what to expect and there is wide tolerance for differences as far as I have experienced. Also, I know that kids with learning disabilities also attend and then get some tutoring on the side for extra help if needed.

Oct 12, 2011
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Finding the right school
by: Anonymous

Our 13 yr.old daughter has SPD with other special needs as well. I homeschooled her for almost 2 years and she did great, minus some socialization issues. We just tried her back in public school in 8th grade and the school is scrambling how to meet her needs. I am a special ed. teacher, at home now and my husband is a public school administrator. These schooling issues have been very hard for us, but we are seeing first hand how inappropriate a traditional setting is for our daughter. She is failing all her subjects and getting very frustrated despite her efforts. It is killing her self esteem. We are days away from pulling her out. Keep the faith and just remember to do what is right for your child.

Oct 09, 2011
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Anyone know of a school in Tacoma, Wa area
by: Anonymous

My son is 9 has Sid/SPD referred both was is a great kid want the right school for him. Thank you

Jun 09, 2010
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Schooling
by: Anonymous

I'm so glad I stumbled across this article . I've always had this question and no one could ever answer it . My son has SPD, It's so hard to get people to understand his condition and to sympathize. I hope as days, weeks and months past schools will start accommodating children with SPD.


Oct 12, 2009
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Looking for a new school
by: Anonymous

Anyone know any good schools in Chester County, PA for children with SPD?

Nov 02, 2007
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Massage Therapy
by: Mary Ann Harrington

What role does massage play in helping students with sensory processing dysfunction, especially those with tactile defensiveness.

How do you feel about reflexology? Cranial Sacral? Therapeutic Baths?

I have often thought that a therapeutic setting to get the children more comfortable in their bodies would be more important than a typical school setting.

It is difficult to teach anyone who is distressed.

http://ezinearticles.com/?Vision-For-Effective-Theraputic-Programing-For-Children-With-Autism&id=570111

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