Aaron De Lowe Early Intervention Center
The earlier a child can be helped, the greater the chances of that child reaching his or her potential. Beit Issie Shapiro, in partnership with Helene and Jack De Lowe and in memory of their late infant son Aaron, opened Israel’s first ever early intervention center, the Aaron De Lowe Early Intervention Center, in 1982, in the city of Ra’anana. The Center provides an enriched treatment and special education program for infants and toddlers (ages 6 months to 3 years) with developmental delays and disabilities – including developmental delays and disorders, intellectual disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Rett Syndrome, Down Syndrome, metabolic disorders and rare syndromes.
As awareness spread, Beit Issie Shapiro shared its knowledge and today over 110 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.
Parents are full 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.
Please also visit our Knowledge Database for additional materials on this topic.