Our amazing team of therapists
Hello Valued Supporters
We are excited to begin our 10th year of this very unique special education program! And it’s all thanks to the support of wonderful people like you.
This year, over 50 groups of children, teens and also some adults from over 30 institutions have registered to continue with the program.
We have begun our evaluation process which works as follows:
At the beginning of each school year, our team pays an advance visit to the organizations sending participants in order to observe the children and to learn about their individual needs and relationships with their families and teachers. This provides the counselors with an opportunity to speak directly to teachers in order to gather as much background information as possible about each particular child. It also allows for joint goal setting with the children’s teachers.
During the initial three AAT sessions, the team carry out their own assessments of the participants and then plan the therapy according to the performance level of each special needs child, taking into account which experiences will fit the children’s needs and developmental goals. An evaluation of each participant is then undertaken at the mid-point of the school year in order to assess the progress made and which areas require special attention. A final evaluation is conducted at the close of the school year and recommendations are provided to the source institution regarding the future therapy of each participant.
We all look forward to another meaningful year working with the special needs community in Jerusalem. Thank you for making this wonderful program possible!
The Animal Assisted Therapy Team at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo