Children with Learning Differences
The Montessori method is a result of the experience and discoveries of Dr. Maria Montessori (1870-1952). Upon graduation as the first female medical doctor in Italy, Dr. Montessori became interested in the education and training of special needs children. She designed materials and techniques that allowed her children to work in areas previously considered beyond their capacity. Dr. Montessori’s great triumph came when these children took state examinations along with other typical students, and her children excelled in the exam results! Dr. Montessori found that her multi-sensory methods and materials appealed to all types of learners, and that all children actually benefitted from learning in impressionistic ways that appealed to the senses.
To assure that all students receive the quality education they deserve, CMH has looked at ways to broaden the resources available to its teachers and students. One of the ways that CMH has done this is by becoming a registered Ohio Department of Education provider for the Jon Peterson Scholarship Program, as well as the Ohio Autism Scholarship Program. These scholarship programs allow for students who demonstrate success in a Montessori learning environment to continue their education at CMH or to have an opportunity to become members of a private school like CMH. New students accepted at CMH are given a 6-8 week grace period to determine if Montessori and CMH are the best fit for their educational success. The Head of School, in consultation with CMH teachers, staff, and specialists, makes the final decision on acceptance and placement of children based on CMH’s ability to meet the needs of the child as well as that of the learning community.
The scholarships provide a means for the student’s learning support services and tuition, depending on the level of the scholarship, to be funded. One of the advantages of participating in these programs for CMH as a private school is that all students and teachers benefit from the resources that these programs make available. CMH faculty, parents, and students now have access to a speech pathologist, occupational therapist, reading tutor/coach, and an intervention specialist. This learning support team works with teachers to enhance learning strategies for all children. These specialists work with individual students as needed either funded by the scholarship or, if the student is not eligible to participate in the scholarship programs, at an additional cost. The convenience of these services on site permits greater support for the entire CMH community.