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  • Angela Levine – Volunteer, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Art therapy’s goal is to engage groups or individuals in creative processes that will improve their physical, psychological and emotional well-being. The article presents the profession and its methods.

     

  • Daphne Asher – Hydrotherapist, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Dr. Dana Roth – Director of Research and Evaluation Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Dr. Michele Shapiro – Director of Snoezelen (former), Beit Issie Shapiro
    Merav Hadar-Frommer – Senior Physiotherapist and Hydrotherapist, Beit Issie Shapiro
    In recent years a connection has been found between sensory integration and the performance of motor tasks, learning ability, attention, and behavior.
    “Hydro-Zen”, developed by Beit Issie Shapiro, combines hydrotherapy, Snoezelen, and Zen. The article describes three children with different developmental disabilities who received Hydro-Zen therapy.

  • Amit Adelstein – Clinical Psychologist, Emotional Therapy Center, Beit Issie Shapiro
    The article describes the difficulties of children and adults with attention deficit disorder, as reflected in the emotional and mental experience with which they live.

     

  • Noa Nitzan – Occupational Therapist, Technology Consulting Center, Beit Issie Shapiro
    The iPad is a device that can help children and adults with communication problems, a range of motor difficulties, or various cognitive difficulties. Using this tool, they can acquire personal and social skills and integrate in the community on a normative level, and thus make progress. The article describes the iPad as a tool for self-expression, the implications of its use for the entire family, and its use as an integrative and supportive tool, at school and in leisure time.

  • Lily Levinton – Deputy Director of Professional Services, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Family-centered service is a model that recognizes the connection between the well-being of the family and the well-being of the child, and the considerable knowledge that parents have about their child’s capabilities, difficulties, and needs. Therefore, it focuses on developing the strengths and abilities of the child and the family as a whole. The article describes the basic assumptions and central principles of the model.

  • Tsofen Agmon – Music Therapist, Emotional Therapy Center, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Emotional therapy for people with intellectual developmental disabilities emphasizes various psychological traits that characterize the experience and inner world of a person with intellectual disabilities. The article describes the rationale for emotional therapy, the typical difficulties, and the potential it offers for helping children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

     

  • Yitzhak Hirshberg – Director of Beit Issie Shapiro’s Family Therapy Center
    The article describes the difficulties that parents of children with disabilities face during emergencies, and advises on how to best cope with these special difficulties.

     

  • Yitzhak Hirshberg – Director of Beit Issie Shapiro’s Family Therapy Center
    Children with motor disabilities often have additional difficulties, such as ADD or ADHD, significant learning disabilities or emotional issues.

    Beit Issie Shapiro’s Family Therapy Center took on itself to provide therapeutic solutions for these children and youth and their families.

     

     

     

  • Dr. Shimshon Neikrug – Research Consultant, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Dr. Dana Roth – Director of Research and Evaluation Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Jean Judes – Executive Director, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Nuaf Zmiro – Manager of Family Counseling Line, Sindian Center, Beit Issie Shapiro
    Families that have children with disabilities face numerous challenges. Arab families in Israel face unique challenges due to their status as a minority group with cultural traditions that differ from those of the predominantly Jewish population. This paper describes their family quality of life (FQOL) as they meet these challenges.

  • Dr. Michele Shapiro, Former Director of the Snoezelen and of Environmental Design,
    Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel

    Prof.  Shula Parush, School of Occupational Therapy, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel
    Prof. Manfred Green, School of Public Health, University of Haifa, Israel
    Dr. Dana Roth, Head of Research and Evaluation Unit, Beit Issie Shapiro, Israel

    This study examines the short-term effectiveness of Snoezelen intervention amongst children with mid to severe intellectual disability that display non – adaptive behavior .

     

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