Educational Team

Special education teachers who specialize in working with children with special needs make up the educational team at the Roizman Early Intervention Center.

The teachers work with the children proactively and in unique ways that are suited to each child’s needs, while taking care to preserve the atmosphere and activities of a regular preschool. This includes welcoming the Sabbath (in Hebrew, Kabbalat Shabbat), parties for Jewish holidays, birthday celebrations, field trips, cultural activities and more.

Most of the educational work is done in a group setting, with great emphasis placed on each child’s social development. The children learn to be part of a group, to wait their turn, to relate to others, to listen and to share. The teachers are very attentive to the special emotional needs stemming from the children’s difficulties and limitations, and help them to develop a positive self image and coping mechanisms. This is accomplished contextually through dealing with everyday situations, as well as by using stories, plays, dolls, games, simulations of social situations and more.

Study programs are created to suit each child’s age and stage of development, with great attention devoted to developing play as a means of expression, learning, social communication and fun. The children learn according to the accepted preschool study program, placing special emphasis upon the orderly acquisition of concepts, cognitive skills and in-depth preparation for the transition to kindergarten.

Learning is experiential, based on trying things out, extensive use of illustrative means and breaking down tasks into components that are suited to the children’s abilities – all with the aim of developing independent learners to the maximum possible.

The children also take part in groups that focus on creative activities, martial arts, gardening, watching plays and storytelling hours. The content of these groups varies from year to year.

With at least two preschool classes for each age group, the teachers are able to work by levels to provide the children with age-appropriate educational and social experiences together with a larger number of children.

Most of the preschool classes eat a shared breakfast, with a menu that is varied and adapted to the children’s needs. During mealtime, the children are active in food preparation, trying out new foods, acquiring skills and good habits, and enjoying social interaction.

The teachers work in full cooperation with the therapeutic (physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech pathology, etc.) and psychological treatment teams, based on a wide ranging, holistic view of each child as a world unto him or herself.

Based on this same perception, the parents are also partners in devising their child’s program and the teachers maintain ongoing contact with them through conversations and meetings. There is also everyday contact through a notebook in which the teachers describe what happened in school that day, focusing on how their child functioned in various situations and activities.

During the year, parents are invited to join in Kabbalat Shabbat, in workshops related to the holidays and the changing seasons, and in other activities aimed at helping the parents and their children to enjoy a shared experience.