Directress Mary Ann Heerschap has had training in the Bellefonds Method of Cognitive Retraining and has basic familiarity with a functional medicine approach to treating learning differences. The Montessori Method, because it is developmentally based, cognitively meets the needs of most adolescents. Applicants will be interviewed to determine if any additional resources are needed beyond the capability of this program.
The goal of the Montessori program is to enable the individual, the adolescent, to understand her own worthiness, her own strength. This is accomplished in two stages: Normalization and Valorization.
COMPARISON: Normalization versus Valorization
The normalized child displays the following characteristics:
- Love of order
- Love of work
- Profound spontaneous concentration
- Attachment to reality
- Love of silence and working alone
- Sublimation of the possessive instinct
- Power to act from real choice and not from curiosity
- Spontaneous self-discipline
The adolescent whose personality is valorized displays:
- The ability to work with others