SULAM's communication program opened in 2000, for children aged 3-7 on the autistic spectrum. This program was started to open the worlds of children with autism to normal communication and to enable them to maximize their potential in all developmental areas.
The communication branch is named for the Rosenbloom Family of Canada, who are involved in many active efforts to advance children with autism.
Therapeutic Principles, Treatment Methods and Educational Programs
SULAM's communication pre-schools utilize the D.I.R. therapeutic model, acronym for 'Developmental, Individual Difference, Relationship-based' therapy developed by Drs. Greenspan and Wieder of California. This approach is based on the principle that every child who suffers from A.S.D./P.D.D. (Autism spectrum disorder/Pervasive Development Disorder) has a unique neurological-developmental profile, which affects and limits his functioning. In our pre-schools we strive to meet each child's basic needs, to help him/her learn to process information from the world, and to stimulate them to become active and interested in the environment.
An individual treatment program is built for each child, tailored to his/her unique challenges and strengths, based on a team approach of speech therapy, occupational therapy, educational intervention, mental health (developmental-psychological) support and, where appropriate, augmentative and biomedical intervention. SULAM recognizes each child's strong and weak points, and provides a highly professional service in a warm and supportive environment, treating each child, parents and staff with the ultimate respect.
SULAM employs a variety of techniques to help children acquire the tools and the skills needed to function in society, including learning the practical skills of shopping, using money, asking for directions, ordering food in restaurants, etc, on trips to malls, banks, libraries, public transportation, and more. Through these outings the children learn appropriate social behaviors, and new skills for functioning in day-to-day life.
In addition, whenever possible children are mainstreamed into regular pre-school classes, sometimes over a gradual period. The decision to mainstream, and how to implement it, is highly individualized and carefully taken, and accompanied by professional guidance.
In SULAM parents are seen as full and active partners in their children's program. To ensure therapeutic continuity at home, SULAM trains parents in the D.I.R. method, and teaches them practical tools for implementing it in the home.
Children are referred to the communication pre-schools by the Placement Committee of the Ministry of Education and the Municipal Educational Placement Committee.
Address: 24 Sorotzkin Street, Jerusalem
Principal: Mrs. Sari Noyman
Secretary: Mrs. Fraidy Greenwald