How to Support Reluctant Readers and Writers

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Montessori education contains a strong phonics and structured literacy program. Yet some children with learning differences will need more support in learning to read, spell, and/or write. How can we help these children develop their reading and writing skills?

Join us and Montessori Medical Partnership for Inclusion to hear Catherine Massie, Special Educator, Montessorian and Orton-Gillingham specialist, share her insights about children in Montessori programs who are still experiencing writing/spelling and reading difficulties. Barbara Luborsky, pediatric occupational therapist, will share her expertise on remediating handwriting difficulties. After sharing their perspectives, Catherine and Barbara will answer questions from participants.

How to Support Reluctant Readers and Writers
with Catherine Nehring Massie and Barbara Luborsky
Friday, July 10, 2020
12:30 pm PT / 1:30 pm MT / 2:30 pm CT / 3:30 pm ET
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Catherine Nehring Massie has been studying and researching Montessori education, special education, and the uniquely powerful developmental impact of combining the two. She studied Montessori Education at CISM, Bergamo, Italy, and has a master's degree in teaching elementary and special education. Catherine has experience as a Montessori mom of four children, an Orff Schulwerk music teacher, a Montessori teacher, a dyslexia tutor, and a Montessori school director. She was a founder of two (including the very first) Montessori Public Charter Schools in Maryland. Catherine has traveled and presented internationally advocating for inclusive Montessori schools through the integrated application of scientific and medical pedagogy.


Barbara Luborsky, OTR/L is a pediatric occupational therapist with over 25 years of experience as a developmental practitioner and 17 years as a Montessori mom. Barbara sees a strong affinity between occupational therapy (OT) and Montessori education. After many years of providing workshops and consultations at Montessori schools, Barbara’s work became more focused in 2010 when she began collaborating with Catherine to look at the issue of inclusion in Montessori education through integrated practice. Barbara has presented internationally to Montessorians at conferences and at the Montessori World Congress on the role of the OT as a member of the team, the affinity between OT and Montessori practice, addressing the needs of children with attention difficulties and the benefits of multi-disciplinary collaboration in a Montessori environment.

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