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ALEH Negev’s Smart Classroom is equipped with a mobile communication computer, touch screen and projector that enable the teacher to project the communication board directly onto the wall. This enables all the students in the class to see the board simultaneously and interact with it, in addition.
The teacher also shows the students a video or picture of the topic being taught on a large screen, so that all the students, especially those with visual impairments, can see the material clearly.
Via the use of communication whiteboards, students select their choice of symbols and pictures and then project them onto the board. The use of these alternative communication devices encourages the students to participate in the lesson, despite their inability to speak.
The CAFÉ ALEH Program at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran is a refreshing endeavor in the world of special needs. Every Tuesday afternoon, ALEH Negev residents open up Café ALEH at 4:00 in the afternoon. They take orders and serve drinks and dishes – which they have prepared themselves – to their friends, volunteers, employees, soldiers from the nearby base, and National Service Girls. They giggle with laughter and share stories with their friends as they relish the experience of choosing from a menu. Helped by their dedicated National Service girls, the program strengthens communication skills, fine motor coordination, feelings of self-worth and productivity.
Every child learns differently. This means that a simple activity like story time can be challenging for some, which is why ALEH developed the Talking Library Program. This innovative program pairs storybooks with lifelike puppets and communication boards so that classic stories like “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” come to life and transform into exciting, experiences.
ALEH’s intensive Paramedical and Creative Arts Therapies Program is a flagship program, providing each child with an individualized multidisciplinary treatment plan that spans the range of the therapies. Customized to each child’s abilities, the enhanced therapy program impacts motor, cognitive, language, emotional and social development. Through intensive physical therapy, occupational therapy and hydrotherapy, ALEH’s children improve muscle and motor coordination as they learn to stand, feed themselves and move their limbs in a controlled manner. Speech and communication therapies; creative arts therapies such as art, music and movement; animal therapy and multisensory stimulation – all serve to unlock a world of emotion and encourage personal expression of feelings, wants and choices.
Most of the children and adults at ALEH are nonverbal; others have severe language impairment. To secure the ability of each and every individual to communicate, ALEH has pioneered an advanced Alternative Communications Program. Communication and rehabilitation therapists utilize cutting-edge alternative and augmentative communication technologies to find the optimal communication methods for each resident. This promotes comprehension and expression; enhances emotional connections with family, friends, and caregivers; and leads to a marked increase in cognitive level and learning capacity.
Most ALEH residents suffer from respiratory complications and breathing difficulties, often leading to pneumonia and hospitalization. In response, ALEH’s Respiratory Therapy Program offers personalized respiratory treatment for residents. Treatment includes the use of sophisticated equipment and devices that clear the lungs and enhance breathing; respiratory sessions several times a day incorporated within all daily activity; and training and guidance for the rehabilitative aides. Specifically tailored to the needs of the individual, the program minimizes medical complications, prevents recurrent pneumonia, and wards off hospitalization. This frees residents to pursue normative activities in a greatly enhanced quality of life.
ALEH Moriah’s Fitness Room enables its residents to enjoy working out in an enjoyable and normative manner, while under professional supervision. Sports activity and physical therapy are combined with social and recreational goals, enhancing motivation and healthy competition. The fitness equipment has been adapted to meet the individualized needs of the residents.
The Therapeutic Horse Riding Project at ALEH Negev-Nahalat Eran employs horse-carriage riding in a unique and innovative therapy. Each resident sits on the carriage in his wheelchair or in a special car attached to the carriage, with a staff member by his side. An additional trainer runs or walks alongside the horse.
Products in the ALEH Boutique are handcrafted or designed by the children and young adults at ALEH. These individuals participate in a challenging rehabilitative vocational training program that integrates occupational therapy with meaningful and creative work. By purchasing ALEH’s boutique items, you are promoting the belief that every individual has the right to self-fulfillment and the ability to achieve it.
ALEH uses various multisensory therapy tools and environments to stimulate the senses of the residents, helping them experience the sights, sounds and feel of the world around them.
The Snoezelen multisensory room heightens the senses of people with cognitive disabilities while creating an atmosphere of calm and relaxation. The room’s walls and ceiling are padded in white. The floor is covered with white mattresses of varying heights and textures, including a soft mattress, hard mattress and water mattress, and special vibrating pillows. A glowing column of rising bubbles, delicate fiber optics, a crystal-colored mirror ball and a colorful slide screen provide visual and tactile stimulation. Soft music wafts through the room.
Other multisensory programs include therapeutic gardening, a sensory activity wall, darkroom, and mobile multisensory device kit.