Therapeutic Gardening: Planting and caring for plants brings a world of sensory stimulation to our children. It provides a pleasurable and peaceful way to experience nature and stimulates the senses of touch, smell, and taste. As the plants grow and change, the children learn that they have an important role in the process, and this experience helps build self-confidence.
Computer Therapy: Specially adapted computer games and programs allow students with visual, motor, and cognitive impairments to discover the joy of play while learning new concepts and skills. The sonic and visual feedback engages and motivates students and helps improve attention, hand-eye coordination, fine motor control, and concept comprehension.
Vision Unit: The Keren Or Vision Unit provides functional assessments of each student's residual sight – a key indicator of which therapeutic strategies will be most effective. In the “Dark Room”, students with residual vision learn to focus, scan, and track moving objects in a safe and controlled environment. These important skills are beneficial in the classroom and beyond. The specially designed Dark Room also provides a multi–sensory experience and visual stimulation.
The Dark Room has also proven to be a useful resource for completely blind children who use it for auditory training, space orientation, and to develop social interaction skills. This calm, non-threatening environment tends to benefit hyperactive and introverted children as well by providing a tranquil atmosphere for learning.
Each therapy at Keren Or focuses on improving the well being of our students. Their visual impairments often result in disconnection from, and misunderstanding, of the world outside. The Visual Impairment Unit helps alleviate some of the emotional and physical challenges that blindness presents.
Many children at Keren Or are diagnosed with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) and require particluar intervention techniques to assist their learning. The task of the vision unit is to work with the classroom staff to ensure optimal conditions within the classroom setting to acheive this goal.
Other Therapies: Keren Or’s paramedical professionals never stop searching for the next breakthrough. Cross-discipline therapies, and creative use of therapies help give Keren Or students the confidence and skills they need to reach their full potential.