A unique therapeutic modality
Hello Valued Supporters,
We are pleased to report that the last school year has proven to be one of the most fruitful and successful in the history of the program. The number of groups was higher than previous years and, although participants consisted mainly of children, we also served four groups of disabled adults. As always, participants arrived from all communities: Jews, Muslims and Christians; religious and secular.
This year we included therapy for several groups with the objective of preparing participants for the world of employment (participants were from the age group to which employment would soon be relevant). Because of participants’ physical and psychological limitations, entering the job market is difficult and complicated. Skills were taught that will help them in their attempts to secure various levels of employment. For example, every week a different participant received the foreman's job. That week he was responsible for all of the other “workers”, and for the group's goals. Topics dealt with included how to be a positive leader, taking responsibility for themselves and others, dealing with opinions that differ from their own, punctuality, cooperation, acceptance of others, and acceptance of authority. The feedback we received indicated that these groups had a very meaningful and successful experience.
As the summer approaches, we look forward to re-evaluating the program in light of the challenges and successes of the past year so that we can continue to offer this sought-after and inspiring program to those with special needs in our community.
The Animal Assisted Therapy Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo
Children, youth and adults can benefit