"We believe that every child has the potential to learn, and to be meaningfully integrated into school and family life. "

Autism Spectrum Disorders

Autism is a complex developmental disability that inhibits a person’s ability to communicate, form relationships, and respond appropriately to one’s surroundings. The severity of the symptoms may vary but often, one assumption is fixed: the belief that the autistic person’s functioning is static and unchanging. The Feuerstein Institute has demonstrated that this assumption is false, and that autistic individuals can learn to function at a much higher level than previously thought.

The first stage is a comprehensive assessment. The assessment is composed of 3 to 5 playful, interactive sessions which seek out the individual’s potential strengths -- even seemingly minor areas of functioning can be significant-- and begin to build upon those strengths. After assessment, the team will advise the parents on how to talk and play with the child, and give recommendations for therapeutic and educational paths to pursue. They may also visit the child is his home environment or school, and offer specific recommendations for supporting the child in his natural setting. The team is happy to liaise with other educational and treatment professionals in the autistic child’s life, and is also available for any follow-up and consultation that parents may seek.

Many autistic spectrum children can benefit from the Institute’s Intensive Treatment Program. In this program, individuals undergo about twenty hours of intensive therapy per week. The emphasis is on improved communication and reciprocity, achieved mostly through playful activities. The treatments are multi-disciplinary and the staff may include occupational and speech therapists, psychologists, social workers and neurologists. Parents from outside Israel may be referred to our International Services Program for a similar course of treatment.

For more information or assessment, please contact:
Jacqueline Levi, +972.2.569-3337


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