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Working Together Towards a Common Goal

Part of what makes Keren Or “the right place” is the constant evaluation and improvement of treatment plans to ensure the best possible and most individualized care. Yifat Ne’eman, a speech therapist at Keren Or for six years, appreciates the powerful role that Keren Or plays in the lives of families. She works closely with parents and respects their wishes and choices. “These are the people who work with their children at home every day,” she says. “These parents can teach us a lot.” When parents, teachers, and therapists work together, children reap the benefits. Keren Or’s innovative therapies and one-on-one approach make it a unique place. No one understands that better than the parents who bring their children to our facility.

Yifat is part of a team of Keren Or therapists utilizing a new approach to speech therapy. By combining speech therapy sessions with hydrotherapy in Keren Or’s state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool, Yifat is able use the warm water to relax and strengthen children’s muscles and enable them to receive important “feedback” about their bodies. That feedback is an important first step in improving speech and motor skills. “The pool is an amazing place for these children,” Yifat explains, “because the water helps the children orient their bodies in their environment. They have to close their mouths so water doesn’t get in, and blowing bubbles helps strengthen the muscles needed for swallowing and proper breathing.”

“There are schools for the deaf, schools for the blind and schools for children with developmental disabilities, but if a child has all these deficits, where does a parent put them?” she asks. “At Keren Or, parents can feel they have finally found the right place.”