COGNITIVE SCHOOL GENEVA is devoted to children who present developmental disorders. Whether they are children with ASD or children with related or non-specific disorders, our school welcomes all of those children for whom learning can pose a significant challenge. Our school is a result of 7 years of experience with a class of children with specific needs in our Cognitive Education and Therapy Centre in Geneva, and of more than 15 years of cognitive-oriented individual therapy. Our school is recognised as a specialised school in the Geneva canton.
Classes are composed by small groups of 4 to 6 children: small children, older children and adolescents, with a high adult to pupil ratio, in order to promote a highly individualised and demanding learning environment. Psychopedagogical programmes are embedded in a cognitive educational approach and are supported by up-to-date knowledge on developmental disorders, always taking your child’s specific skills into consideration. These programmes integrate academic content and activities as close to standard school norms as possible while constantly promoting your child’s global development.
THE COGNITIVE EDUCATION MODEL
Originating in the multidisciplinary field of cognitive science, cognitive education is an education specific branch of cognitive therapy. The model proposed by COGNITIVE SCHOOL GENEVA has been developed by Mr Hifler and his team, based on over 20 years of practical and clinical experience. It can be defined as a psychopedagogical approach to cognitive intervention for children with developmental difficulties. Situated at the intersection between education and cognitive psychology, the model uses concrete tools for remediating and promoting the child’s cognitive functions. It is based on the child’s specific needs and integrates intellectual and emotional aspects. The main aim is to promote a functional acquisition of school knowledge, to increase the potential of global cognitive functions and of emotional control, and to improve the quality of the child’s adaptive responses to the social and physical environment.
METHODES ORIGINATING FROM THE RESEARCH IN COGNITIVE SCIENCES
The intervention procedure is based on the theory and methods of the cognitive sciences, a hub for several scientific disciplines: neurosciences and the study of brain functions, cognitive psychology research on intelligence and emotions, and cognitive education as a systematic approach to the transmission of tools for cognitive functioning. The theoretical models of information processing allow us to understand the cognitive processes underlying learning abilities, representations, and the ability to understand and to adapt to the environment. The model was developed through the practical work and the reflections of a number of international researchers.
THE PSYCHOPEDAGOGY PROFESSIONALS
COGNITIVE SCHOOL GENEVA was developed and implemented by a team of psychopedagogues specialized in developmental disorders, ASD and related disorders. These are the professionals who will teach your child in class. In order to deliver a high quality program, we believe that it is essential to have a Master’s degree either in Psychology or in Education, specializing in special education. All facilitators are permanent staff at our school and have been practising at our Cognitive Education &Therapy Centre in Geneva for several years, providing therapeutic or pedagogical accompaniment, individually or in groups. They also take part in the classes about educational best-practices and in the training module on cognitive education.