Programs and Services

For a child with severe disabilities, activities such as taking a walk, combing hair and eating with a fork can present a real challenge. But with the right individualized treatment program – one that includes intensive therapy, quality special education and advanced medical and nursing care – our children can learn skills and develop their abilities in all functional areas.

ALEH is at the forefront of providing Israeli children with the high quality programs they need to maximize their potential.

Residential Facilities and Assisted-Living Apartments
Medical and Paramedical Care
Special Education School and Vocational Workshops
Integrative and Social Activities
Outpatient Services

Residential Facilities and Assisted-Living Apartments

ALEH’s residential facilities offer a warm, homelike environment where the children receive the support they require for all daily activity, including eating, bathing, sitting and basic hygiene.  Caregiving and volunteer staff for many activities is at a ratio of one caregiver per child.

Assisted-living quarters afford teenagers and young adults the opportunity to experience greater independence and face fresh challenges.

Early intervention wings provide a holistic therapeutic environment for infants and toddlers with severe disabilities. Identifying a child’s abilities and developing them to the fullest extent from an early age increases every child’s potential for developing beyond the initial prognosis.

Medical and Paramedical Care

Providing professional, round-the-clock medical and emergency care for its residents.  Clinics are equipped with specialized equipment required by the complex medical conditions of the residents.  A doctor, dietician and team of nurses work at each clinic and direct the supportive caregiving staff.  Emphasis is placed on preventive treatments to avoid complications and hospitalizations.

Each ALEH facility is affiliated with a hospital in the region. Senior staff and pediatric specialists in Tel HaShomer Hospital, Shaare Zedek Medical Center, Hadassah Ein Kerem, and Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva work with ALEH to ensure the best medical care for its children.

ALEH is establishing pioneering Hospital Wings for children who are highly dependent and require complex medical care 24 hours a day. This innovative solution will enable children who would otherwise be confined to a hospital bed to continue to attend school, receive therapy and participate in daily activities.

ALEH’s Paramedical Program includes a wide variety of physical and emotional therapies:

* Hydrotherapy – uses the medium of water to enhance motor ability, strengthen muscles and improve movement range, while increasing a child’s sense of satisfaction and self-confidence.

* Occupational therapy – By furthering personal development and independent functional ability, quality of life is vastly improved.

* Physiotherapy – assists in the rehabilitation of movement disorders caused by physical disability, accident or illness, and enhances physical ability.

* Speech therapy – develops and eases all functions related to the muscles of the mouth. These functions include eating, verbal communication and non-verbal communication through the use of a voice output.

* Music therapy – employs the medium of music to reach the spirit of the child. Sometimes this is the only way to “get through” to a child.

* Sensory stimulation – stimulates the senses through the use of equipment, including massage devices, various types of brushes and objects with different textures, and toys that stimulate auditory, visual and tactile input. Specialized rooms including the Snoezelen, Gymboree and Game Room are equipped with multisensory devices to encourage further development.

* Creative Art therapy –fosters self-expression and self-confidence and enables the discovery of latent potential.

* Communication therapy  – develops and eases all functions related to the muscles of the mouth. These functions include eating, verbal communication and non-verbal communication through the use of a voice output.

* Animal therapy – develops a sense of responsibility and feelings of compassion through the act of feeding and caring for animals.

* Individualized Therapy Program – adapts for each child an individualized therapy plan by a multidisciplinary team of therapists, nutritionists and general medical staff.

Special Education School and Vocational Workshops 

Certified special education teachers and therapists work with small groups of children.  Emphasis is placed on the development of cognitive skills and communication through computer-assisted learning tools.  Specialized software programs and computers, equipped with various switches personally fitted to suit each child’s abilities, enable even children with the most severe disabilities to develop their capabilities and express their inner feelings.  Classes also concentrate on the development of normative social behaviors, and awareness of special calendar events and nature.

As our children grow older, they have the opportunity to work in a challenging vocational program that develops their creative skills while integrating occupational therapy goals.  The program includes workshops in silk, ceramics, paper recycling, gift packaging and more.

Some of the items they create are sold in stores and by ALEH supporters to raise funds for ALEH projects and activities, while other articles are used to decorate the residents’ rooms. Most importantly, each participant receives a big boost to his or her self-esteem when a project is completed.

Integrative and Social Activities

Afternoon is a special time at all of our facilities. The children enjoy a wide variety of cultural activities, including art, music and puppet shows; therapeutic sports fun; trips to the local park, library, and pizza parlor with our team of volunteers; parties; and much more.

Several times throughout the year, many of our children are treated to exciting trips to some of Israel’s most beautiful spots. ALEH children have played in the snow on Hermon Mountain, gone swimming in Lake Kinneret, taken a boat ride in Eilat, and planted trees to celebrate Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day.

Many of these outings have been made possible by the generosity of our remarkable volunteers, including students, community members, soldiers from the Israel Defense Forces, and staff from the Jewish National Fund.

Outpatient Services

ALEH shares its knowledge and expertise with the public through its child development clinics and rehabilitation centers.  The clinics offer over 26,000 cutting-edge treatments a year to community children, helping them integrate into regular school and social frameworks.

ALEH also sponsors seminars and workshops on early intervention, developmental delays and home-based therapy techniques. The Information Center at ALEH Negev, which will house a library and conference areas, will perform a similar service upon completion.