As synagogues, schools and cultural institutions close around the globe, we are thinking of you and praying for our collective health. Although we are practicing “social distancing,” we are keenly aware of how inter-connected we truly are.

Needless to say, the students at Keren Or are in the highest risk category for contracting Covid-19 and experiencing serious complications. It came as no surprise, therefore, that the government of Israel ordered the closure of all special education facilities. Prior to the closure, our staff maintained the highest levels of hygiene, while not compromising the level of care that they provided to our students. Thankfully, there have been no cases of Corona diagnosed among our students or staff. Although Keren Or’s school building and pool have been closed to students, our staff refuses to abandon our families in their hour of need.

As our school remains closed, we’ll be sending updates to show how our kiddos are doing and highlight all the ways we continue to work with our Keren Or families, despite these uncertain times.

 

Tuesday April 21Holocaust Remembrance Day

Tuesday April 7, 2020

This is our therapist, Moriah, working with a pair of students from our youngest classroom. The goal of the game is to integrate the use of sight during a game that requires the students to take turns touching the buttons in front of them. Moriah sent this video to the parents to show them how to do this at home. The parents were encouraged to do this in all sorts of scenarios at home, for example, when they are playing a cause-effect game, or when the child is eating and wants to find a particular food on their plate.

 

 

Monday April 6, 2020

To help keep the students enriched at home we’ve packaged these beautiful craft supplies, along with a step by step “how to” instruction guide for parents!

 

Sunday April 5,  2020

Home activities with special iPad applications!

 

Friday April 3, 2020

These are specially designed tactile symbols for families to use at home to illustrate the daily schedule of each student. These symbols are for rest hour, standing in the stander (PT equipment) and food.

 

Thursday April 2, 2020

These are specially designed tactile symbols for families to use at home to illustrate the daily schedule of each student. The symbol on the left is for love/cuddle time, and the symbol on the right is for music.

 

Wednesday April 1, 2020

These are specially designed tactile symbols for families to use at home to illustrate the daily schedule of each student. The symbol on the left is for pesach cleaning, and the symbol on the right is for showering.

 

Tuesday March 31, 2020

Today’s update features Adi using her iPad with special applications that we encouraged her parents to download!

 

Monday March 30, 2020

Naomi asked last year’s graduate, Or Chaim, to call his friend Liad, on the phone and to sing to him on video call. The two friends enjoying the time together.

 

Sunday March 29, 2020

Our student, Pri-elle, working in the kitchen according to the personal activity plan sent to her by her teacher, Naomi.

 

Friday March 27, 2020

Our student, Chaya, hearing the Passover story over the phone from her teacher, Naomi.

 

Thursday March 26, 2020

This is Baily on the phone with her kindergarten teacher, Tova, who is doing the morning circle time with her by phone.

 

Wednesday March 25, 2020

Eitan standing in the stander (PT equipment) that we delivered to his house for him!

 

Tuesday March 24, 2020

Nati is doing the activities and games focused on fine motor skills sent by his teacher with his siblings.

 

Monday March 23, 2020

David at home playing with Gymboree equipment that we lent him from Keren Or!

 

Sunday March 22, 2020

Reading and home activities with tactile textbooks. The whole family can help!

 

 Friday March 20, 2020

The morning welcome song for classes!

 

Thursday March 19, 2020

Virtual Music Therapy!

 

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