Educational & Therapy Programmes


The school currently implements the Draft Curriculum for Severe and Profound Intellectual Disabilities (CSPID).  This curriculum is mainly practical and vocational. The educational programme is divided into five phases:  Pre-Primary-, Foundation-, Intermediate- and Senior Phase, followed by the final Vocational Orientation year.  The main focus at Bel Porto is on the acquisition of skills and knowledge to

  • Develop maximum independence and life skills;
  • Attain a level of productivity where the school-leaver is able to make a meaningful contribution to his own work environment and the economy and
  • Enable the school-leaver to be less dependent on government subsidies and charitable organizations.

The educational programme includes the following:

  • Receptive and Expressive Language
  • Numeracy and Functional Mathematics
  • Social and Emotional Development
  • Perceptual Motor Development
  • Fine Motor Development
  • Life Orientation
  • Art and Culture
  • Technology Enhanced Learning Systems
  • In the Senior Phase the learners are exposed to Agricultural Studies, Hospitality Studies and Arts & Crafts.

Most learners will always need support in basic Literacy, Numeracy and Life skills.

Occupational Therapy

The occupational therapists at Bel Porto support the teachers by running therapeutic groups in and out of the classrooms. They design and make aids and adaptations to enable maximum learner participation in the classroom. They are part of the assessment team and are involved with vocational training.


The physiotherapists treat the children individually using NDT principles. Other forms of therapy provided by the physiotherapy department are horse riding, sport for the disabled and hydrotherapy. They are involved, together with the occupational therapist, in the assessment of aids and seating adaptations needed by the learners in order to enable them to perform at their optimal level. Physios are part of the admission team and are involved in the initial and ongoing assessment to evaluate the suitability of each learner at the school.

Speech and Language Therapy

A private Speech and Language Therapist (SLT) provides sessions to selected learners for the promotion and improvement of language development, communication skills and speech quality. Due to a limited government subsidy we are not able to employ a SLT.  Parents therefore carry the cost of a SLT.

Animal Therapy

A small Farmyard provides supervised interaction with chickens, geese and ducks.  Based on the Physiotherapist recommendation, selected learners attend South African Riding for the Disabled (SARDA).

Water Safety

Learners up to Foundation Phase are taught basic water safety skills in our indoor heated pool in our Bel Porto Aquatic Center. To cover the cost of this programme a private instructor teaches water safety to babies from 3 to 36 months on Saturdays.  We welcome members from the community to make use of this service. Please contact the school for further details.


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