Smart Classrooms for children with Autism

by The Keshatot Children Foundation
Smart Classrooms for children with Autism
Smart Classrooms for children with Autism
Smart Classrooms for children with Autism
Smart Classrooms for children with Autism
Animal Therapy at "Harim" high school
Animal Therapy at "Harim" high school

The Fund for Keshatot Children [reg. no. 580540532, recognized charity, clause 46, Israel Income Tax Authority] was established in 2011 by parents of autistic children who studied at the Keshatot Center in order to assist autistic children in their schools.The fund seeks contributions for complementary para-medical treatments [which are not among the therapies and treatments provided by the Ministry of Education], therapeutic and technological equipment and infrastructure improvement. The fund also organizes enrichment and recreational activities provided by local volunteers. Because the Fund for Keshatot Children is run solely by volunteers, all monies raised go directly towards these activities.

The Keshatot ("Rainbows" in hebrew) Center is a multi-regional magnet school serving 89 children age 3 – 13 on the autism spectrum in 2 kindergartens and 11 elementary school classes. These children graduate after the 6th grade and continue in Harim or Bareket high schools.

The Harim ("Mountains" in hebrew) high school, is a multi regional school in Givaat Ada, serving 60 adolescents age 13-21 on the autism spectrum.

We started the new school year in September with an additional increase in the number of students in the Keshatot elementary School for autistic children. The fund assisted in renovating a large therapy room to a classroom, and a smaller classroom to a therapy room.

The Fund is sponsoring weekly Kung Fu lessons and Animal therapy for all the 8 classes in the “Harim” high school, at the cost of $2500 a month. These therapies are in addition to those provided by the ministry of education and are of great importance as they activate the kids and are provided to every pupil in the school.

We are looking forward to 2022, planning a new Snoezelen (Multi-Sensory) therapy room at the Harim high school, more therapy sessions and lots of activities and outings.

We wish all our kids, families and supporters a very happy new year.

Kung Fu therapy at "Harim" school
Kung Fu therapy at "Harim" school
New homeroom for first graders at "Keshatot"
New homeroom for first graders at "Keshatot"

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New furniture at the Keshatot School
New furniture at the Keshatot School

The Fund for Keshatot Children [reg. no. 580540532, recognized charity, clause 46, Israel Income Tax Authority] was established in 2011 by parents of autistic children who studied at the Keshatot Center in order to assist autistic children in their schools.

The fund seeks contributions for complementary para-medical treatments [which are not among the therapies and treatments provided by the Ministry of Education], therapeutic and technological equipment and infrastructure improvement. The fund also organizes enrichment and recreational activities provided by local volunteers. Because the Fund for Keshatot Children is run solely by volunteers, all monies raised go directly towards these activities.

The Keshatot ("Rainbows" in hebrew) Center is a multi-regional magnet school serving 89 children age 3 – 13 on the autism spectrum in 2 kindergartens and 11 elementary school classes. These children graduate after the 6th grade and continue in Harim or Dror high schools.

The Harim ("Mountains" in hebrew) high school, is a multi regional school in Givaat Ada, serving 60 adolescents age 13-21 on the autism spectrum.

The Dror ("Freedom" in hebrew) high school, is a multi regional school in Pardes Hanna, serving 45 adolescents age 13-21 on the autism spectrum.

COVID-19 has created a new and unknown challenge. The autistic children, which crave consistency, had to deal with changing routines, staff members, and an ever-changing at-home life. Each child, along with his family and teachers, had to deal with national lock-down, a school shut-down and many more unbalancing events. While the Special education continues to work throughout the nation wide lockdown, the Fund for the Keshatot Children continues to support and assist the schools. The iPads the fund provides, enable all the teachers and therapists to create lessons and worksheets, which they can then share with the autistic children.
As we always try to assist in the summer activities, the fund has continued this year to provide pool days (including transport) for the young children of the Keshatot school. Taking such young kids to a pool is a huge effort, and we are very glad that the school and all the staff (as they need a 1:1 pupil/staff ratio) have the strength and resilience to carry it out your after year, brigning so much joy to the children.
In July, we received a surprizing donation from a high-tech company in Caesarea, which was moving its headquarters to an adjecent building. The Company donated office furtniture (chairs, tables, cupboards ...), TV screens, projectors, and much more, and all in mint condition. The equiptment, worth ~40,000nis was delivered by volunteers to Harim and Keshatot schools for autistic children and imidietly put to use, replacing older and very much used furniture.
We are all looking forward to the new school year begining in September, hoping that it will be a healthy and normal one.
Summer pool activities
Summer pool activities

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practicing communication through typing
practicing communication through typing

The Fund for Keshatot Children [reg. no. 580540532, recognized charity, clause 46, Israel Income Tax Authority] was established in 2011 by parents of autistic children who studied at the Keshatot Center in order to assist autistic children in their schools.

The fund seeks contributions for complementary para-medical treatments [which are not among the therapies and treatments provided by the Ministry of Education], therapeutic and technological equipment and infrastructure improvement. The fund also organizes enrichment and recreational activities provided by local volunteers. Because the Fund for Keshatot Children is run solely by volunteers, all monies raised go directly towards these activities.

The Keshatot ("Rainbows" in hebrew) Center is a multi-regional magnet school serving 89 children age 3 – 13 on the autism spectrum in 2 kindergartens and 11 elementary school classes. These children graduate after the 6th grade and continue in Harim or Dror high schools.

The Harim ("Mountains" in hebrew) high school, is a multi regional school in Givaat Ada, serving 60 adolescents age 13-21 on the autism spectrum.

The Dror ("Freedom" in hebrew) high school, is a multi regional school in Pardes Hanna, serving 45 adolescents age 13-21 on the autism spectrum.

COVID-19 has created a new and unknown challenge. The autistic children, which crave consistency, had to deal with changing routines, staff members, and an ever-changing at-home life. Each child, along with his family and teachers, had to deal with national lock-down, a school shut-down and many more unbalancing events.

While the Special education continues to work throughout the nation wide lockdown, the Fund for the Keshatot Children continues to support and assist the schools. The iPads the fund provides, enable all the teachers and therapists to create lessons and worksheets, which they can then share with the autistic children.
During these challenging times we have embarked on a new project, the Kseahtot and Harim schools are working with the "Express yourself through typing" center in Herzelia. The teachers and therapists are receiving courses and guidance, aiming to enable non-verbal children to learn how to express them selves through typing (iPad odr computer keyboard). With 50% of our children unable to speak, we hope this new method will enable some of them to communicate with thier family, teachers and surroundings.
The fund is glad to support and finance such innovative methods, advancing the schools, the staff and the children.
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The Fund for Keshatot Children [reg. no. 580540532, recognized charity, clause 46, Israel Income Tax Authority] was established in 2011 by parents of autistic children who studied at the Keshatot Center in order to assist autistic children in their schools.

The fund seeks contributions for complementary para-medical treatments [which are not among the therapies and treatments provided by the Ministry of Education], therapeutic and technological equipment and infrastructure improvement. The fund also organizes enrichment and recreational activities provided by local volunteers. Because the Fund for Keshatot Children is run solely by volunteers, all monies raised go directly towards these activities.

The Keshatot ("Rainbows" in hebrew) Center is a multi-regional magnet school serving 89 children age 3 – 13 on the autism spectrum in 2 kindergartens and 11 elementary school classes. These children graduate after the 6th grade and continue in Harim or Dror high schools.

The Harim ("Mountains" in hebrew) high school, is a multi regional school in Givaat Ada, serving 60 adolescents age 13-21 on the autism spectrum.

The Dror ("Freedom" in hebrew) high school, is a multi regional school in Pardes Hanna, serving 45 adolescents age 13-21 on the autism spectrum.

COVID-19 has created a new and unknown challenge. The autistic children, which crave consistency, had to deal with changing routines, staff members, and an ever-changing at-home life. Each child, along with his family and teachers, had to deal with national lock-down, a school shut-down and many more unbalancing events.

While the Special education continues to work throughout the nation wide lockdown, the Fund for the Keshatot Children continues to support and assist the schools. The iPads the fund provides, enable all the teachers and therapists to create lessons and worksheets, which they can then share with the autistic children.

We wish the best of health to our children, their families, teachers, therapists and care givers and to all our supporters.
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New iPads for the Keshatot School
New iPads for the Keshatot School

The Fund for Keshatot Children [reg. no. 580540532, recognized charity, clause 46, Israel Income Tax Authority] was established in 2011 by parents of autistic children who studied at the Keshatot Center in order to assist autistic children in their schools.

The fund seeks contributions for complementary para-medical treatments [which are not among the therapies and treatments provided by the Ministry of Education], therapeutic and technological equipment and infrastructure improvement. The fund also organizes enrichment and recreational activities provided by local volunteers. Because the Fund for Keshatot Children is run solely by volunteers, all monies raised go directly towards these activities.

The Keshatot ("Rainbows" in hebrew) Center is a multi-regional magnet school serving 89 children age 3 – 13 on the autism spectrum in 2 kindergartens and 11 elementary school classes. These children graduate after the 6th grade and continue in Harim or Dror high schools.

The Harim ("Mountains" in hebrew) high school, is a multi regional school in Givaat Ada, serving 60 adolescents age 13-21 on the autism spectrum.

The Dror ("Freedom" in hebrew) high school, is a multi regional school in Pardes Hanna, serving 45 adolescents age 13-21 on the autism spectrum.

This month the Fund purchased for the Keshatot School 10 new iPads, robust cases and dedicated Apps for autistic children. The iPads were installed in their protective casing and were put into use immediately. The School, with the Fund’s assistance, has become a leading center in Israel in the use of iPads with autistic children. As half of the school’s children don’t speak, the iPad enables them to express themselves, their wishes and to understand the world a little bit better. Additionally, the teachers and therapists use the iPads for lessons and sessions, with the ability to project the iPad on a big screen using the appleTv.

All 10 iPads, ready to do some good
All 10 iPads, ready to do some good

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The Keshatot Children Foundation

Location: Zichron Yaakov - Israel
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Emmanuel Elder
Menashe, Israel

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