Children’s Services Children’s Services Occupational therapy focuses on promoting the student’s functioning and development in the optimal way, through activities of daily life that are meaningful for him. The learning and therapy program is geared for all age levels and for a broad range of therapy needs, such as: sensory-motor development, cognitive development, acquisition of learning skills, play and leisure occupation skills, life skills-ADL, communication skills, and social skills. The therapists utilize time-honored methods, along with sophisticated, innovative technology. Speech therapy deals with evaluation, construction of a therapy plan, and carrying out that plan, in all areas of communication: language, speech, play, and eating and swallowing functions. When necessary, the therapists also implement the fitting and assimilation of augmentative alternative communication (AAC) aids, tailored to meet each student’s personal needs. A multi-disciplinary staff addresses the range of therapeutic and rehabilitative aspects, so as to enable every student to express his needs and communicate effectively with the people around him. The one-on-one and group physiotherapy sessions are geared towards enhancing the students’ gross motor skills. Therapists use a variety of accessories and therapy methods to challenge the students to advance beyond their comfort zones, while at the same time, to encourage them to use their existing abilities pleasurably and with the motivation to move forward. This relatively new therapy form is based on direct encounters with animals, which develop the student and empower his abilities in a variety of areas: emotional, mental, communication, motor skills, and behavioral. The threefold bond of client-animal-therapist is different from every other therapy bond. In this scenario, the animal is a living, responding medium, with spontaneous, sincere reactions. The animal characteristically provides acceptance and unconditional love, without being judgmental, and naturally stimulates contact and direct connection. Animal therapy reduces anxiety, promotes the development of empathy and motivation, improves the “I can do it” feeling, boosts self-confidence and self-image, develops personal responsibility and enhances a sense of belonging. Animals also afford the students broad exposure and opportunity to deal with life cycle experiences, such as birth, family and siblings, growth to adulthood, separation, illness, and death. The language of acting and imagination facilitates release, relaxation, and healing. Using puppets and different characters, the therapist, together with the student, creates a story or play and uses it as an opportunity to project from the emotional world to reality. Drama enables expression without words and without an adult’s intervention, providing an emotional healing process. The student makes his unique voice heard before an “audience,” and this molds and strengthens his self-confidence. Through the characters and emotional expression, the student is able to uncover his potential and develop his ability to create a secure, protected expanse for himself. The Snoezlen room provides a multi-sensory environment that provides a combination of several simultaneous sensory experiences and is totally removed from the outside world. The stimulation is controlled, safe, and calming, and therefore gives the children the opportunity to explore and discover their surroundings. The therapy takes place in a suitable physical environment with adapted therapy methods. These components form the base of the therapy space created for the client and the therapist to share. The Snoezlen room activities serve as therapeutic, rehabilitative, and educational intervention that helps the child strike a balance between calmness and positive activity.