The parents ‘and infants’ program at ELI began many years ago with the aim of meeting the need for early intervention among infants under the age of one with visual impairments, and sometimes also with developmental delays. Of a year or less, had difficulty integrating into the daycare center. Some were still subject to an array of tests and diagnoses, and as for the others, the parents thought the children were too young and preferred to continue caring for them at home. Since these are babies, it later became clear that they slept for many hours of the day, so there was little time left for care in the daycare center. In addition, with the enactment of the Rehabilitation Day Act in 2003, the financial aspect was included for the integration of toddlers aged 6 months and over in dormitories, but left out of the supportive framework the infants from one year of age.
Against this background, the idea for a parent-infant program developed. This program is operated at ELI branches according to supply and demand.
התכנית נותנת מענה קבוצתי ואינדיבידואלי לתינוק ולהוריו, בהתאםFor their needs.
The parent and infant program provided a solution for parents through a training group that takes place once a week in the morning. The ELI team has seen a great contribution from the bond created between the families. The program also helps parents who first meet with the need to raise and care for a child with special needs, who are often in a state of confusion, apprehension, sadness, and helplessness. Some seek information and support. , And some are shutting down and trying to find ways to deal with the situation.
Target populations :
• Babies with visual impairments and blind infants aged 3 months to one year who have been diagnosed as visually impaired
• Parents of infants.
Program Objectives :
For the children – assessment of developmental level, improvement of visual functions, improvement of skills and eating patterns, encouragement of movement and motor activity, development of play, communication and acquisition of habits towards integration in the home.
For parents – guidance, support, guidance, counseling, exposure to knowledge, familiarity with methods and treatment methods and the possibility of mutual support.
קשר הורה-ילד – ישנם הורים הזקוקים לקבלת כלים ליצירת תקשורת עםChildren, meaning the diagnosis of the children’s abilities, and not just about their difficulties, and the possibility of connecting through different areas of life such as eating, playing, traveling and more
Admission Process :
Parents are referred to ELI by caregivers. They are invited to the ELI Introductory Committee, which includes the branch manager, a special education teacher who specializes in visual impairments, a social worker and an optometrist.. The committee receives an initial assessment of the baby’s development, vision function, and assessment of the family’s abilities and desire to benefit from the program. Later, the family is invited to an intake meeting with the group coordinator, physiotherapist and parent facilitator, where the parents get to know the caregivers personally, and the caregivers get to know the child better, his abilities and needs, the family and its preferences.
The group numbers between five and ten families and it meets once a week in the morning, for 12 sessions. During the morning, the children move between different treatment stations (darkroom, “active learning” stations. – The small room, resonator board, sensory surface, multi-sensory mobiles, movement and motor skills – individual treatments of physiotherapy, vestibular plate, red ball, stand, game and communication – corner chair and mattress) are handled by the staff. And are instructed about continuing their activities with their children the rest of the week.
Later in the day there is an activity in groups with the parents that is adapted to the babies and their abilities – a music and movement group, an eating group, a track group and more.
In the second half of the morning, the parents meet for a support group, under the professional guidance of a parent facilitator. During this time the babies remain with the care staff, who continue to work with them at the various stations.The day ends with a group hydrotherapy group pool, during which the parents enter the water with the children and are guided by a hydrotherapist. In this activity the emphasis is on the relationship between the parent and the child.
At the end of the morning sessions, the team makes home visits, as needed. An assessment is then given to each of the children, following which the parents are given recommendations for further treatment, with the options available to them being:• Integration within the rehabilitation center in ELI, while supporting the family
• Continuation of treatment for 12 additional sessions, as part of a group of parents and babies
• Follow-up only, once a month, for an additional six months. Some babies continue to be cared for at home by family members or caregivers, others are integrated into day care centers or day care centers near their home.
Composition of the care team :
The group coordinator is a special education teacher.
The team includes: a rehabilitation teacher, physiotherapist, assistant, hydrotherapist and parent facilitator; Leading the support sessions.
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