The cognitive 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 and optimise the potential of global cognitive functions as well as emotional control, and to improve the quality of the child’s adaptive responses to the social and physical environment.


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.

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