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Conference Participants Visit Israel Elwyn's Sensory Garden


A group of 100 professionals from the Children Development and Rehabilitation Conference spent a morning at Israel Elwyn’s Katie Manson Sensory Garden in Jerusalem.  They took full advantage of this opportunity to experience the wonders of the Garden for themselves, experimenting with the wide range of its facilities.

Israel Elwyn's Katie Manson Sensory Garden adds a further dimension to the services offered to people with disabilities.  The Garden and its green, calm and relaxing environment encourage enjoyable activity and sensory stimulation through equipment designed especially for this purpose by a team of professionals in a supportive area that is accessible for all visitors' disabilities.  Designed to respect the adult user and his or her needs, the Garden's equipment is nevertheless suitable for all ages.  Each  of the Garden's four pavilions is dedicated to a different sense:  touch, sight, hearing and smell.  This separation heightens sensory stimulation and enables the discernable but independent stimulation and activation of each sense.

The Touch Pavilion - Sensory experiences for the entire body and experimentation with a variety of materials and textures, including a beaded device which provides back massage, a rocking chair, a texture table, and others.

The Sight Pavilion Experimentation with colors, shapes and visual illusions, along with activity that encourages eye-hand-leg coordination.  Features include mirrors that create varying reflections, colored surfaces, and a large magnifying glass.

The Hearing Pavilion - Unique instruments create vibrations and low tones (also suitable for people with hearing disabilities) that can be played and to which visitors can listen.  The instruments include percussion instruments such as bells, a xylophone, and a sound table.

The Smell (and Taste) Pavilion - Scented plants and herbs allow experimentation with smells and tastes.  Visitors can plant and pick herbs and vegetables, explore how their scents change when processed, and guess the origin of the fragrances.

Interactive Figures - This new section allows activity that integrates all of the senses through various technologies emphasizing gross motor activity.  Nine larger than life-size figures each have a unique character that encourages sensory activity.

The Garden's quality and uniqueness lies in the attention and thought invested in integrating rehabilitative-treatment activity with experiences in an esthetic and serene corner of nature.

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We'd love to hear from you! Also, please let us know in advance of your next trip to Israel and we will give you a tour of the Israel Elwyn programs.

You can also contact one of our North American offices: United States: (267) 225-5132 or Canada: (416) 649-1655.

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David B. Marcu, Chief Executive Officer

IE's mission is to develop and provide a wide array of supports and tools for people with disabilities, while constantly striving for excellence of service and the creation of a just society. Together with people with disabilities and society at large, we shall continue working as an innovative and cutting-edge organization.

Please support the work of Israel Elwyn to provide state-of-the-art services in the areas of childhood early intervention, rehabilitation, assisted living, vocational training and employment services for persons with disabilities by making a gift:

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American Friends of Israel Elwyn, PO Box 828284, Philadelphia, PA 19182-8284
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