Teaching Students with Special Needs


Christine Lowry


Prepare yourself and your environment to serve and support every child


In this 3-part workshop with expert Christine Lowry, you will:


● Understand the characteristics associated with categories of diversity to better understand an individual child’s learning and behavior needs.


● Learn a framework, rooted in Montessori foundations, for managing an inclusive classroom to work with all children.

● Practice how to observe with curiosity and inquiry to uncover what a child’s behavior might be trying to communicate.

● Learn ways to adapt how to use or present a material so that it better reaches a child who is struggling.


A certificate of completion for 3.5 hours is provided. Learn more about certificates here.

"As an early years Montessori teacher, I think that I better understand now how and why the brain works for the children with learning difficulties. I also find that explanations for characteristics and strategies are explained in key points, which gives me an order in sequence of steps." - Jasmina Subotic

This workshop equips me with the necessary tools that help me as a Montessori Directress to better understand the needs of nuero-diverse children so that we can adapt the Environment in ways that will promote equity. It also provided an insight into learning difficulties that are not specified on the Special Needs Act, such as the Sensory Processing Disorder which is a common challenge in the learning process. " - Melina Kayla Appalsamy


Inside the Course

Section 1 - Preparing

In this session teachers will explore their core beliefs around students with special needs, how to prepare themselves and their environments to be inclusive, and how to best identify and support students with a myriad of labeled and unlabeled special needs. Participants will also learn strategies to teach in inclusive environments, and understand the process of “Inquiry Observation”

Section 2 - Guiding students with diverse behaviors

In this session, participants will discover the true meaning of "following the child". They will learn the key principles of guiding students toward self management and regulation. This session will offer management solutions for common behavior challenges in the classroom, including using Inquiry Observation for creating plans of support for neurodiverse students. We will cover practical methods of sensory support, prevention vs reaction techniques, and what to do when a behavior escalates to the extreme to keep the student and the entire classroom safe.

Section 3 - Teaching students with learning challenges

In this session participants will learn strategies for supporting students with reading challenges, sensory processing difficulties, attention problems, and trauma. Techniques for intentional and explicit instruction and teacher planning for the class and the individual will be covered.


Christine Lowry


Christine Lowry (M.Ed., M.A., and Montessori Early Childhood) is the founder of Montessori and Special Needs and Montessori-Now. As a Montessori and special educator, she is committed to the belief that all kinds of learners can thrive in a Montessori classroom. Through founding, directing, and teaching in two Inclusive Montessori schools, she’s been able to explore and experience “best practices” for serving diverse learning and behavior needs in ways consistent with Montessori foundations.

Learn more about Christine at montessori-now.com

Education and Experience

M.Ed. and M.A. in special education (birth-21) supporting learning and behavior in all areas of diversity, including autism, sensory processing difficulties, ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and trauma and other mental-health issues

Montessori Early Childhood credential

Certificate in Coaching

Leadership of Montessori schools, and public school and mental health programs

Classroom educator in Montessori public, charter, and independent schools

Instructor and field consultant for several Montessori teacher training programs

Special projects contracts with AMS, MACTE, and IMC


"I loved the extra articles, they were very interesting and good, especially after listening and watching to the videos. The videos were also very clear, I loved her calmness." - Jahaira Pina

"I found session two particularly useful with the suggestions for support but really the whole course was brilliant. Christine just has such an accessible, gentle and inspiring manner which was really engaging. I really appreciated that she acknowledged how difficult it can be but made me want to support the children to the best of my ability. Having this course available for a while is so appreciated to because I will come back and rewatch the lectures as I implement practice. Thank you so much." - Sophie Philip

"It provided practical ways to support children with special needs. Also definitions of our role as educators of them gave me clear idea about our roles again. It made me think one more time about making inclusive classroom for all children so that they can achieve higher academic goals. Especially from the session2, she suggests ways that we can guide children with diverse behavior. The explanation was very clear and practical" - Serong Hong

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?

This courses consists of pre-recorded videos. You will gain access to all the videos as soon as you register. You have access for one year and you may watch at your convenience, as often as you wish, during that time.

None of my students have an official diagnosis. How will I know how to support them without a diagnosis?

This course will show you how to set children up for social and academic success in the classroom by supporting fundamental sensory processing issues and distractibility with teacher guidance and student self management techniques, regardless of diagnosis.

I don’t know where to start with non-compliant students. Can this workshop help me manage the behavioral as well as academic needs of students in my classroom?

Yes! Behavior and academic success are inseparable. Teaching Children with Special Needs guides adults in strategies for preventing, as well as managing, various behavior expressions including: noncompliance, frustration and anger outbursts, distraction, and negative attention seeking.

Is the information provided consistent with the Montessori approach?

Yes. Christine is an expert Montessorian with experience as a teacher, administrator, and consultant. This course offers teachers and administrators “best practices” to serve diverse learners in ways congruent with, and grounded within, Montessori philosophy.

Is this applicable to any educational setting?

We believe these are sound principles and can be applied across all educational settings with children.

Is this appropriate for parents?

The principles in this webinar can certainly be applied by parents. However, most of the examples used will be for a classroom setting and will reflect the student-teacher dynamic. We will not be addressing parents' needs specifically.

Will I receive a Certificate of Attendance?

You can get a certificate of attendance for 3.5 hours by request. You will need to fill out a feedback form found at the end of the course. You will receive a PDF certificate via email. We recommend confirming with your local licensing agency prior to registering if you are relying on having the certificate approved. Read more about certificates of attendance HERE.

How long will I have access to this course?

Your registration allows one year of access. During that time you may view the course contents as often as you wish, at your convenience.

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