The Guiding Principles
Continued learning and development
- Young people on the spectrum are able to continue learning and develop even after the end of their formal education.
- The studies do not have to be of an academic nature. They may be in any area likely to advance the familiarity of these young people with the world and provide them with a source of interest and satisfaction
Art as a Developmental Tool
It has been proven that Art is a means of advancing this population, as a way of learning, development of social skills, occupation and recreation.
A flexible occupational environmentAssumption: People in the spectrum are not all alike. Some need a permanent structured environment with few distractions and others require much stimulation with novelty and surprise
For this reason we propose a flexible environment so that each may find an appropriate mix of stimulation and structure
Choices & VarietyPeople on the spectrum perform better when they choose an activity for themselves. We propose providing a range of fields and a number of options within each field.
Our aim is to maximize the young peoples' options and thus increase their motivation and interest.
Fostering special abilities
Many of those diagnosed as being on the spectrum
have special and unusual abilities: Some are good at painting; others are very musical; some are good at observing detail; others have unusually retentive memories, etc.
Every individual and the things that he is good at!
Together we can achieve great results if everyone does what he is good at. For that reason a person does not have to work on something from start to finish but just do the bit that he is good at.
CommunicationPeople are diagnosed as to where they are on the autistic spectrum according to their ability to communicate and experience their own emotions and those of others around them.
Activities at the center are designed to encourage communication and interaction among friends.
Dealing with challenging behavior
Our way of dealing with challenging behavior is, first and foremost, to nip it in the bud by maximizing the opportunity for choice and presenting alternatives to unacceptable behavior
Experience has shown that it is easier to prevent unacceptable behavior than to correct it after it has started.
Combining Therapeutic ApproachesOnly a combination of therapeutic approaches can genuinely answer the complexity of the autistic spectrum. It is important to harness the right approach for the specific individual at a given moment in time.
Art therapy and industrial therapy will be provided at the center on a regular basis as part of our outlook. If needed we shall add additional therapeutic approaches