Many of the children that Hamifal absorbs present a variety of characteristics of speech or language delays. Those include: the inability to follow directions, slow and incomprehensible speech, patterns, and pronunciation difficulties.
Our children who are at risk of failure in school because of cultural, linguistic, medical, social economic and similar factors often appear to have learning disabilities. Such students may have been malnourished or abused, been raised in a culturally different or impoverished environment, or attends up to six different schools in two years. We sometimes view these academic problems as the result of high risk factors rather than learning disabilities, however, the presence or absence of learning disability depends upon the unique characteristics of each specific child under consideration, since a child can have learning disabilities and at the same time come from a nontraditional background like most of our kids.
In order to achieve greater success in our efforts to promote these kids, we use multi evaluation method. This evaluation include combination of standardized tests, direct observation of play and interaction, reports and collection detailed analysis of spontaneous speech samples. Sometimes several sessions as well as ongoing evaluation are required to obtain sufficient information to make an accurate diagnosis.
The early evaluation team consist of the speech language pathologist, audiologist, psychologist, neurologist, pediatrician and social worker, since delays and disorders may be due to a variety of causes, each professional makes a valuable contributions to the evaluation. As a result of this evaluation certain treatments are recommended. We must highlight the importance of this evaluation not just in giving the right methods of help to the child so he can overcome his difficulties, but also, in preventing the repeat of feelings of failure, low self esteem, poor academic and social success and a high rate of drop out. This evaluation is crucial to our children’s healthy development and important to their successful adulthood.
The cost of each diagnosis is 1,500 NIS (~$435) per year. With the absorption of new kids we need to provide this service to approximately 100 newly absorbed children