Aleh Center for Advancement, Rehabilitation, and Education of Special-Needs Children
Going to school is perhaps the most central activity in every child’s life. Aleh’s children, too, enjoy special education classes that include computer-assisted learning tools with specialized software, cognitive games, awareness of seasons and holidays, and various group therapies. However, since classes are held within the Beit Yahalom residential facility, they do not benefit from the accepted norm of school as a separate entity from home.
Aleh C.A.R.E.S., an independent Medical Rehabilitative Educational Center currently being built, will offer special-needs children the opportunity to travel to school just like every other youngster. It will also enable the integration of children with milder disabilities from the community at large, offering them Aleh’s experience, professional staff and outstanding therapeutic program. At the same time, it will provide a much-needed solution for hundreds of special-needs children throughout the Gush Dan area of Israel. At present, there is no comprehensive medical rehabilitative center in the entire area, forcing these children to travel many hours to receive the care they need or forgo the growth and development an intensive rehabilitative program would give them.
The new school campus will be located in Pardes Katz, a 10 minute-drive from Tel Aviv. It will have the capacity to service 200 children, with special education classes ranging from kindergarten through high school. It will also include an Olympic-sized pool to provide daily hydrotherapy treatments.
The Special Education Campus will include two floors with 24 classrooms. Therapy rooms will offer occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech therapy, rehabilitative technology therapy, animal therapy, and music and art therapy. A Snoezelen Room will offer controlled sensory stimulation. The basement level will house the pool and a workshop for the development of specialized equipment. The roof will be converted into a spacious outdoor playground.
An early childhood wing will offer an intense early intervention program, with the goal of helping children mainstream into regular educational frameworks. Staff members include special education teachers licensed by Israel’s Ministry of Education, qualified therapists and nurses.
The rehabilitative special education complex’s scope – including quality education, rehabilitation, medical care and hydrotherapy for over 200 children with various disabilities all under one roof – renders it unique in Israel and throughout the world.
comprehensive framework including therapy, rehabilitation, education and medical care in one place
huge complex servicing 200+ children
integrating children with varying degrees of disabilities and developmental delays, with the goal of mainstreaming whenever possible
extended Early Intervention Program for children requiring another year of early intervention before going to school