Our son Jonah has a sweet, quiet, happy disposition. He also has cognitive and neurological challenges that deeply affect all aspects of his development, particularly his communication. In a nutshell, Jonah is very easy to love, but very difficult to teach and advance.
The school environment at CCCBSD is the perfect mix of warmth and high expectations for him. The kind and accepting atmosphere allows Jonah to feel valued, confident, and listened to — no matter how minimal his communication. Jonah truly loves his school, and that, of course, is the most important testament to CCCBSD.
As parents, we are so inspired by the thoughtfulness and dedication of his team of educators. They support him at every turn with alternative forms of communication so we can all know him better and he can realize the inherent power in voicing his opinions and thoughts. They plan academic work, functional/vocational training, and community outings tailored to make him successful and more independent. The special subjects like music, art, and physical education are accessible to him and help to make his day rich and engaging.
We are so thankful he is a part of this magical school. Parenting Jonah has been a long journey of acceptance of his limitations and ours; but our team at CCCBSD also helps to remind us not to underestimate this beautiful child with so much light behind his eyes. We look forward to many more years of his happiness and success there.