Therapies and Services
At Sulam no stone is left unturned in helping our students to soar. Unique treatment initiatives as well as a full range of standardized therapy enable over 530 students, age 6 months to 17 years, in 12 branches across Israel to achieve their maximum functioning potential and integrate into society.
Speech therapists work together with the rest of the educational team on the technical capability of producing language, correct positioning of the tongue, and exercises to overcome abnormalities in the structure of the mouth, and finding the appropriate pronunciation. They also provide cognitive treatment to advance children with poor vocabulary, and other language delays. Our Students are given communication tools for verbal self-expression and when this is not possible taught alternative methods of communication through symbols, communication boards, iPads etc.
This model was developed by Drs. Stanley Greenspan and Sarina Wieder, and the belief behind it is that a child must be emotionally connected with the people in his world and have the ability to interact with them in order to develop. DIR emphasizes the critical role of parents and family members, and every adult that interacts with the child undergoes DIR training.
The core of this program is FLOORTIME in which the caregiver actually gets down on the floor to interact with the child. Being on eye level with the child allows the caregiver to follow the child's lead meeting him on his current level and engaging him through his (the child's) interests thus expanding his circles of communication and encouraging further development through the 6 basic developmental milestones.
The warm water relaxes the muscles and allows students with physical and other disabilities more independence of movement, increased endurance, improved fine and gross motor skills as well as a boost of confidence and better social skills. The pool provides a feeling of freedom and specially trained therapists help the students to reach milestones in all areas of development during these amazing sessions.
Additionally Sulam's kitchen is also a therapy corner. Kitchen activities help improve perceptual and cognitive skills, and working individually or in groups, children learn patience and responsibility as well as how to follow directions, organize a work space, and complete a task.
Sulam's mini zoo is home to birds, rabbits, hamsters, guinea pigs, iguanas etc. Learning to play with and care for these pets develops the children's sense of responsibility and enhance their relationships with the people in their world.