The Association’s Frameworks
Our daycare teams meet parents at the first and most complex stage for them, after their children have been diagnosed and they need to acknowledge that their child is unique. This is their first encounter with a framework that offers treatment and education while motivating them according to their skills, strengths, and difficulties.
Many studies have shown that early intensive treatment promotes the child’s development and allows for optimal progress because brain functions can still significantly change. The Association does its best to most effectively engage children of that age. Daycare staffers are trained to work with autistic children and their families with exceptional sensitivity and professionalism.
Eligibility for daycare service is determined by the Ministry of Welfare. ACR operates the daycare centers for the Ministry in cooperation with the local authorities. The centers offer a basket of treatments that combines entitlements granted by the Ministry of Welfare, the Ministry of Health, and the health funds (kupot holim)
Since this is the first educational framework these children will ever have entered, an emphasis is placed on providing a daily agenda and basic skills with maximum attention to their developmental needs. The team’s work is also geared to a great extent toward helping parents through individual tutoring and parent group sessions.
The Association operates therapeutic day care centers in Tel Aviv-Yafo, Bat Yam, Tiberias, Rishon LeZion and Ramla.
How to Register:
In order to register for the Therapeutic Daycare Centers, one must contact the social worker in charge of rehabilitation/disability in the department of social services in the local municipality.
These preschools operate as special education facilities managed by the local authorities and the Education Ministry. They are exclusively dedicated to children diagnosed on the autism disorder spectrum. The Association’s professional staff works with the kindergarten teams to provide an intensive therapeutic plan for each child through multi-professional teams from various fields: psychologists, speech therapists, occupational therapists, art, music and drama therapists, integration coordinators, cognitive therapists as well as psychiatrists and neurologists.
The treatment is carried out by planning and establishing the most appropriate treatment plan for each child, and encourages the involvement of the families and the child’s surroundings to ensure the most intensive and effective treatment and progress for the child. The combination of the caregiving and educational teams empowers the treatment program and its application to the children’s everyday life, at home, and in kindergartens.
These frameworks run by the local authorities and the Ministry of Education are intended only for children diagnosed on the autistic spectrum. In these frameworks, the organization operates the basket of advanced health treatments, the eligibility for which is determined by the Ministry of Health and supervised by it.
Communication preschools are an educational-therapeutic framework in which a therapeutic program is developed for a child in full cooperation with the teachers and therapeutic staff in consultation with their parents.
The Association offers assistance and is involved with therapeutic preschools all over the country:
Or Yehuda, Eilat, Ashdod, Ashkelon, Beersheba, Bat Yam, Bnei Brak, Bat Hefer, Givat Avni, Givatayim, Givat Shmuel, Hod Hasharon, Herzliya, Holon, Hulata, Tiberias, Taibe, Yokneam, Jerusalem, Kfar Yona, Kfar Kara, Kfar Saba, Kfar Tavor, Mesilot, Nofit, Nes Ziona, Nazareth, Netanya, Afula, Tzofit, Tzur Moshe, Tzoran-Kadima, Safed, Qalansuwe, Katzrin, Kiryat Ono, Kiryat Yam, Kiryat Motzkin, Kiryat Ekron, Kiryat Shmona, Rishon LeZion, Rehovot, Ramat Gan, Ra’anana, Shlomi, Shefaram, and Tel Aviv-Yafo.
How to Register?
In order to register to one of the Communication Preschools, please contact the Department of Special Education in your local municipality.
In Israel, all children from grade one up to high school graduation diagnosed with ASD are eligible to three weekly therapy hours (as part of the child development service basket, specifically: occupational therapy, communication and language therapy, physiotherapy, psychology, and social work). A 2011 study by the Israeli Parliament showed that only 15% of these services are utilized, due to the logistical difficulties families face scheduling treatment in the afternoons, and lack of autism professionals as well as the government requirement of high family participation fees. Providing the additional therapy hours within the framework of the school day (after core subject classes) enables the added benefit of group therapy, which accelerates acquisition of social and communication skills. In schools in which ACR operates, utilization of the three additional therapy hours is 80%, a 65% increase!
For the children, personal programs are developed and implemented throughout the child’s school years, emphasizing the development of life skills, emotional and cognitive skills, movement skills, and the perception of a normal body image. The programs also include parent training and group therapy in the areas of life skills, social skills, communication skills, and emotional skills. The treatments are provided by psychologists, social workers, speech therapists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and more.
The Association has an agreement with most of the Kupot Holim to receive treatments using a “Tofes 17” (financial commitment form).
The program operates in the following communities: Holon, Rehovot, Hefer Sharon, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Rishon LeZion, Ashdod, Modiin, Lod, Herzliya, Kfar Saba, and Bat Yam.
How to register:
Tel: 03-5602352, Sunday – Thursday between 8:00-16:00
“Bayit Echad” Centers: In order to support individuals with ASD beyond preschool age, the Association established, in 2009, the first Israel Comprehensive Treatment Center (Bayit Echad), in Tel Aviv, providing evidence-based assessment and intervention services to children, adolescents, and adults with ASD and their families. A second center was opened in 2013 in Kfar Saba, serving individuals with ASD and their families in the Sharon region.
The centers use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Systems Approach to advance the adaptive functioning and well-being of individuals with ASD and their families. The comprehensive evidence-based intervention services are provided on individual and group bases in various aspects of social communication and emotion regulation that are relevant to this population, including: social skills training, anger management and effective communication, coping with anxiety and obsessions, coping with depression, and guidance for parents of individuals with ASD. In order to further disseminate evidence-based practice for individuals with ASD, the centers provide workshops and training for clinicians throughout Israel, teaching life-span diagnostic assessment and clinical intervention with individuals with ASD and their families.
The Unit for the Treatment of Social Communication Disorders (SCD): Provides diagnosis, treatment and counseling services for those diagnosed with social communication disorders (SCD). The diagnosis of SCD is a new diagnosis, characterized by difficulties in social communication, though not diagnosed as autism. This unit also offers neuro-psychological-didactic diagnostic services for the general population.
The integrative water therapy unit offers integrated hydrotherapy treatment in a therapeutic pool. The unit, unique of its kind in the world, specializes in working with children on the autistic spectrum but also provides treatments for infants, children, adolescents, and adults with various needs.
The unit was founded out of understanding the amazing potential inherent in water as a warm comprehensive therapeutic environment that encourages new experiences that contribute to development. Located in Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv location: 18A Asherman St., Tel Aviv Tel: 03-7339337
Kfar Saba location: 7 David Hamelech St. Floor A, Kfar Saba Tel: 09-7685100
“Bayit Echad” center in Rehovot
The Bayit Echad center in Rehovot is a joint program with the Municipality of Rehovot, which provides a unique solution for children in their early childhood who are diagnosed with autism.
The Center works in an integrative-developmental approach that enables the creation of a unique treatment program for each child according to his or her needs, in accordance with the guidelines of the Ministry of Health. The center puts an emphasis on group work to create, establish, and strengthen the children’s communication-social-emotional skills.
Treatments at the center are individual, in pairs and in groups, conducted by professionals in a variety of fields: speech therapy, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, psychological therapy, social work, and emotional therapy in expression and creativity (music, art, drama, movement).
The Center provides guidance and counseling for parents in an individual setting and invites them to take an active part in weekly therapy together with their child. The Center also allows you to work on the day to day skills that characterize children’s lives in their educational environment and in their immediate surroundings.
Address: 24 Carmel St., Ahuzot Hanassi, Rehovot Tel: 08-9102493
Yalday Hutz, Eilat
The external framework in Eilat is a joint project between the Association, the Eilat municipality and Child Development Institute that provides a unique solution for children in preschool age diagnosed on the autistic spectrum who are integrated into the city’s regular education system, and provides them with a basket of health treatments that helps them further advance.
Address: The Child Development Institute, Yoseftal Hospital, Eilat