Teaching Children With Special Needs

As a young professional, Montessori worked as a hospital assistant, opened her own clinic and continued her psychiatric research at the University of Rome. Her research took her to many asylums to see children regarded as mentally ill or retarded. Montessori was disturbed to see these children kept in bare, dark rooms with literally nothing to play with except crumbs of food. Montessori believed the children should be in school, where they might learn if given materials adapted to their special needs.

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