Michelle Lane-Barmapov was the founder of the Lane Montessori School for Autism (previously known as the Toronto Montessori School for Autism) in Toronto, Canada. This not for profit school was the first of its kind to combine Applied Behavior Analysis with the Montessori curriculum in the world.
In 2005, Michelle was awarded The Premier’s Award in recognition of her outstanding work in special education and Montessori. In the fall of 2010 the school had to close due to a lack of funding. Michelle, who attended Montessori as a child, currently works as a Professor for the Faculty of Applied Health and Community at Sheridan College as well as lecturer on the Montessori ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) blend that she designed. She is also a board advisor for MMPI (Montessori Medical Partnership for Inclusion) https://www.montessori4inclusion.org/
Michelle has a Master of Health Studies as well as a Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Certificate for children and youth. She is a certified Montessori teacher (early childhood) and is a registered early childhood educator. Her thesis research titled Montessori and Autism: An Interpretive Description Study can be found through the Athabasca University Digital Thesis Portal at http://hdl.handle.net/10791/211
Michelle books can be purchased on this website which include Autism: A Montessori Approach paperback published in 2009, and 5 program tracking manuals for implementing her Montessori ABA approach for children with autism. Most recently she authored a chapter in Dr. Joyce Pickering’s book, Montessori Strategies for children with learning differences which can be purchased through Parent Child Press
Michelle is married to Oren Barmapov. They live in Toronto and share three children, Alliyah, Amos (pronounced Ahhmose) and Jaguan .