Specialized support programs
Montessori education is an educational approach with an emphasis on independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child's natural psychological, physical and social development. Students learn through sensory-motor activities, working with materials that develop their cognitive powers through direct experience, seeing, hearing, tasting, smelling, touching and movement. The Montessori materials are didactic (self-correcting).
CCIS adopts the TEACCH program (Treatment and Education of Autistic and Communication Handicapped Children) in order to help students grow up to a maximum autonomy at adult age. This includes helping them understand the world that surrounds them, acquiring communication skills, relating to other people and giving them the necessary competence to be able to make choices concerning their own lives. Our main goal is to improve the students' communication skills. Educational programs are being revised frequently according to the child maturation and progress.
Portage is a program used for special needs children which focuses on the importance of training the child's family to be directly involved with the education of their children. The children are taught new skills and parents/guardians are shown how to stimulate their child's overall development. In portage, teaching is a continuous process at both home and school.