What is the Montessori Method?

In this post, we answer the question: What is the Montessori Method? The Montessori approach for older people with cognitive problems is based on the Montessori method created by Dr. Maria Montessori.

Dr. Montessori was born in Italy in 1870. She was the first female doctor in her country. She studied psychology, mathematics, and education.

A New Teaching Method

In 1906, she developed a teaching method based on her contacts with so-called deficient children and children from working-class backgrounds. Her approach was to let children learn for themselves at their own pace. The role of the adult is to encourage them and provide them with the tools they need to learn in an environment that stimulates them and makes them happy.

Meaningful Activities

Meaningful and playful activities were the best tools for Dr. Montessori because they enabled the child to acquire skills and knowledge.

In 1907, she opened the first Children’s House (Casa Dei Bambini) in a working-class district of Rome. There are now thousands of Montessori educational establishments worldwide. The principles of autonomy, experimentation, and active learning are still relevant today and continue to inspire educators around the world.

Dr. Cameron J. Camp

In 1995, Professor Cameron J. Camp, a psychologist, modified the Montessori Method to suit elderly individuals with cognitive impairments, focusing on normalization.

This involves setting up an environment that enables individuals with cognitive disorders to maximize their abilities and allows the unaffected aspects of their personality to shine through.

This adaptation of the method empowers them to regain control of their lives, offering them a social role and establishing a daily routine in their environment. It promotes participation in purposeful and beneficial activities.

Global Recognition for Research

Dr. Camp, a renowned neuropsychologist recognized globally for his research and publications, aims to enhance the quality of life for the elderly and their care partners. His work in adapting the Montessori method for the aging population has earned him several international accolades.

Dr. Camp is a leading researcher in the field of geriatrics, and his adaptation of Montessori principles is changing the paradigm of memory care. (Some of his published work here.)

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A More Enriching Interaction

Using the Montessori Method for communication fosters a more enriching interaction, both verbal and non-verbal, with cognitively impaired individuals.

The adapted Montessori Method is implemented in various settings worldwide, including retirement homes, long-term care facilities, organizations for the elderly, their care partners, and geriatric clinics across the United States, Europe, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and both English and French-speaking Canada.

The Montessori Alzheimer Center

In Canada, the Montessori Alzheimer Center is the authorized training partner of Dr. Camp and the Center for Applied Research in Dementia.

They exclusively offer conferences, practical training, and educational programs for those working with individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or similar cognitive impairments. This initiative aims to equip care partners with the necessary tools and knowledge for providing effective, respectful, and compassionate support.

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