Planting and caring for plants brings a world of sensory stimulation to our children. It provides a pleasurable and peaceful way to experience nature while also stimulating 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, an experience helps build self-confidence.
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, helping to improve attention, hand-eye coordination, fine motor control, and concept comprehension.
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.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.
Many children at Keren Or are diagnosed with CVI (Cortical Visual Impairment) and require particular 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 achieve this goal.
Our specially designed Dark Room provides a multi–sensory experience and visual stimulation. The room is also used to help 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 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 benefits hyperactive and introverted children as well by providing a tranquil atmosphere for learning.
Keren Or’s paramedical professionals never stop searching for the next breakthrough. Cross-discipline therapies and creative use of various therapies, help give Keren Or students the confidence and skills they need to reach their full potential.