Evaluation and Guidance

Throughout the years ELIYA has been treating many children with complex development issues and visually impairment. The professional team at ELIYA found that the main cause for visually impairment among the children was brain damage, as opposed to ocular damage. In addition, we have found that in most of the children professional fitted intervention in their sight, significantly improves their use of vision and influences’ their development in general.

Due to the intensive work with the children, the ELIYA’s professional staff developed and accumulated extensive knowledge in the field. Correspondingly, we hosted at EILYA professionals from abroad that specialize in the field, which led to further perfection of the diagnostic tools and our intervention. We found that through working with the children we can reach better results in a shorter period of time when performing professional and correct evaluation of the visually impairment and vision function and in accordance build a therapy program that is fitted for the child’s needs and relates to adjusting the environment to the child’s needs. Due to the professional skills that were acquired, parents, professionals and therapy institutes started approaching us so we will diagnose and evaluate the children they are treating and that there is a suspicion that they suffer from a visual impairment and we assist them in building an intervention program.

After the implementation of the rehabilitation daycare law, it seems that many children that suffer from delayed development and visually impairment due to causes related to the brain are integrated in day care institutes. These are usually children with severe development issues that some have various medical needs and the visually impairment is considered to be one of their minor problems that need to be dealt with. The day care’s professional team is not qualified in treating them for their vision issues.

Since ELIYA believe that sight is a crucial channel for the rehabilitation process of these children, understanding that these children have rehabilitation needs on the one hand and the staff has needs for guidance and knowledge on the other hand, we have developed an instruction program that is designated for rehabilitation day care that integrates visually impaired children.

 The instruction program is built after visiting and meeting with representative of the institute and is tailored for the specific needs and kind of difficulties the children are facing.

The program is conducted over a period of 10 months and usually includes the following stages:

–        Coordination meeting and evaluating needs.

–        Introduction lecture on the topic of vision.

–        Evaluating the visually impaired children. Is conducted to each child separately.

–        Summarizing the evaluation and building a therapy program for the child.

–        Guidance for the care-giving teams.

–        Adjusting accessories for work with the child.

–        Continuing instruction once every two weeks and then once a month.

–        Interim conclusions with the care giving teams.

–        Continuation of instruction.

–        Repeated evaluation of the children.

–        Summarization meeting with the care-giving team.

For more information please contact Naomi Keinan, Professional Manager of ELIA at: Naomi@eliya.org.il

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