At Island Montessori children are accepted on a first come – first served basis regardless of the additional support that may be required by the child. Over the years children who attended our program have included children with a variety of different learning needs including Autism Spectrum Disorder, cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, seizure disorders, chromosomal anomalies, hearing and vision impairments, global developmental delays, physical disabilities, brain injuries and so on.
We have had children with extremely high, complex needs who require one-to-one support at all times, other children may just require support more for following the classroom routine to the best of their ability. Whatever the need, our staff are trained to fulfill these needs. Many of our children with special needs arrive on our doorstep with a diagnosis, but some do not. Our staff is able to support parents through the assessment process that is often very complex, emotionally draining and time consuming.
The need for support and integration can be quite significant including direct support of the children, coordinating programs between home and school, communicating with parents, implementing the recommendations of professional, attending meetings and modifying materials. Funding from government agencies, such as Supported Child Development, do not cover all the costs and the school is open to exploring a variety of funding options with the families. On occasion, we can access our own funding to provide support for children with special needs and “at risk” families.