Case Study

A success story from our Clinical Services Department 

In the words of Limor, Noah's mother "When Noam and I first met Rav Rafi in Melbourne, I was desperate. Noam was an angry little boy, nearly nonverbal, with behavior that was getting worse by the day."


Noam, a young child with Down syndrome, came to the Feuerstein Institute a little over a year ago. When he arrived, his mother was frantic for help. Her son, frustrated by his lack of ability to communicate, was angry and aggressively acting out. He struggled in the nursery program in which he was enrolled. His parents were told to send him to special school, a prospect which they dreaded, and brought them great sadness as well despair. Fortunately, they met Rabbi Rafi Feuerstein and learned about the Feuerstein Institute. He told them that they would be able to help Noam if he came to Jerusalem for intensive assessment and treatment. While Limor was nervous at the prospect of leaving behind her husband and two other children, as well as her job for six weeks, she was amazed at the generosity of her family, friends, colleagues and community. With their support, she was able to bring Noam to Jerusalem for the six weeks of therapy that he needed.


Limor was amazed to see changes in her son right away. In her own words, "Hana Nakav and her staff showed me a Noam I never knew existed. They gave me hope when I honestly had no more left. During his time at the Institute, Noam 'woke-up,' and began to see the world around him. More importantly I began to show him the world. I was and am still amazed at how the Feuerstein techniques could change a child in six short weeks." For Limor and her family, Noam's trip to Israel turned out to be a truly life changing experience.


Noam continues to progress. Limor recently sent to the staff the following letter, marking Noam's progress one year later.


"Dear Feuerstein Institute Staff,

Last week marked the beginning of the school year here in Australia. Noam turned six in November, which is the age most children start school. Noam started school - Noam started a mainstream school!!! My dreams have come true and Naish and I are so proud to announce that Noam will be in a mainstream school with the support of an aide!


We would like to thank you all for your work with Noam and I while we were in Israel, and would like you to know that without you, I know we would not have come this far! Noam is thriving; he is talking more, understanding more and is growing into an amazing young boy who continues to inspire us, his family and everyone who meets him.


With love,


Limor, Naish and NOAM!!!"


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