At Keren Or, goals and individual treatment plans are developed for each child by a collaborative team of professionals that includes the school principal, psychologist, social worker, health professionals, classroom teachers, and students’ families. Keren Or’s skilled multidisciplinary staff, high staff-to-student ratio and excellent staff retention rate are key to successful outcomes. Educational and therapeutic programming are individually tailored and take into account the effect of blindness on other disabilities in order to address how each impact the student’s disabilities. Goals include improving motor skills and developing speech, or alternative forms of communication, in a respectful, enabling environment. Treatment plans are continually reevaluated by staff to ensure that the most effective therapeutic program is developed for each child.
Cooperation with family is fundamental to our work. Parents are full partners in structuring educational and therapeutic programs for their children and help ensure that treatment positively impacts home life. Keren Or also offers family-inclusive support services and workshops to complement their children’s program.
Over the years, Keren Or has developed a variety of teaching methods and rehabilitative techniques geared to assist a wide range of students. Our holistic approach to care involves a broad range of special education techniques and innovative assistive equipment. Keren Or’s multiple therapeutic programs include: hydrotherapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, music therapy, computer therapy, pet therapy, therapeutic gardening, and feeding programs.
In addition, Keren Or benefits from an excellent relationship with the local community. Shabbat services held at the Center’s synagogue are coordinated by neighborhood residents.