The earlier a child can be helped, the greater the chances of that child reaching his or her potential. Beit Issie Shapiro opened Israel’s first ever early intervention center, the Aaron De Lowe Early Intervention Center, in 1982, providing an enriched treatment and special education program for infants and toddlers with developmental delays and disabilities.
As awareness spread, Beit Issie Shapiro shared its knowledge and over 100 early intervention centers across Israel have been established based on Beit Issie Shapiro’s model.
The center addresses the child’s total development: physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. The program is tailored to the needs of each child and incorporates physical, occupational and speech/language therapy, training for independence, integrated play and educational programs, hydrotherapy, sensory stimulation, creative therapies including art, music, movement, pet therapy, vacation programs, and dental care.
The children present a range of special needs. These include developmental delays and disorders, intellectual disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Rett syndrome, Down syndrome, metabolic disorders and rare syndromes.
Parents are partners in their child’s assessment and in developing treatment goals. Beit Issie Shapiro also provides a wide range of support services to the extended family.