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  • בשביל הכוכב - מרכז לטיפול באוטיזם

    Bishvil HaKochav A Treatment center for children with autism promoting accessibility to the most advanced and current treatments ​We use evidence based methods in a veriaty of child development areas: language, communication, playing, independence, cognition, gross and fine motor skills ​ We provide parents with treatments for their children, parental guidance, couples and family counseling, weaning programs, behavior disorders treatment, and pediatric pelvic floor physical therapy ​ ,The head of the center is Motti Morgan, a certified level III (PRT) therapist ,for the Koegel institution of Autism .Stanford University ​

  • אודות המרכז לטיפול באוטיזם - בשביל הכוכב

    The Center ​ Bishvil Ha-Kochav center was opened out of a sense of mission and desire to develop treatment of autistic children in Israel and to bring it to the most advanced level possible. In the last decade we have been using P.R.T, an evidence based advanced treatment method with which we have had the privilege to accompany many parents starting from the diagnosis stage and leading to the fulfillment of the child's developmental potential. Along side the considerable emotional difficulties accompanying the process, we try, together, to find the best way for the parents and child, to manage, adjust and advance. The treatment methods used in the center are only evidence based treatments which were proven highly effective in promoting the children. We make sure to be updated in current research and treatments of autism in order to provide the children with the best treatments. We participate in international conferences such as the yearly conference of the Koegel Institution for Autism in Stanford University, the INSAR convention which brings together the best of international researches on autism. We also take part in updated courses on autism treatments such as PACT, ESDM, JASPER.

  • יצירת קשר - מרכז בשביל הכוכב

    sending Bishvil Ha-Kochav Center Or Akiva / Beer Sheva 074-7060411 054-4679996 ​ ​ Contact Us

  • בעיות נלוות לאוטיזם

    Related Problems ​ There are accompanying conditions that affect the appearance of autism in that person. These situations affect the type of treatment that will suit the person and the way in which he interprets his difficulties. Below are some examples of the accompanying problems. ​ ​ Autism and mental health ​ Epidemiological studies suggest that the majority of people suffering from autism face a mental condition such as: Attention deficit disorder, hyperactivity-ADHD Anxiety disorders, depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder. ​ Sleep Disorders A particularly common problem among children with autism, difficulty falling asleep. Frequent and prolonged wakefulness during the night and particularly long awakening. ​ Feeding and/or eating problems Most of the children on the autistic spectrum suffer from these disorders, almost half of these conditions were defined as severe. ​ Epilepsy Affects one-fifth to one-third of people with autism compared to 1-2% of the general population. ​ Gastrointestinal disorders Almost 8 times higher risk of suffering from one or more chronic problems in the digestive system compared to children with normal development. Frequent abdominal pain, gas, diarrhea, constipation and even pain when passing stool. ​

  • אודות המרכז לטיפול באוטיזם - בשביל הכוכב

    The Center ​ Bishvil Ha-Kochav center was opened out of a sense of mission and desire to develop treatment of autistic children in Israel and to bring it to the most advanced level possible. In the last decade we have been using P.R.T, an evidence based advanced treatment method with which we have had the privilege to accompany many parents starting from the diagnosis stage and leading to the fulfillment of the child's developmental potential. Along side the considerable emotional difficulties accompanying the process, we try, together, to find the best way for the parents and child, to manage, adjust and advance. The treatment methods used in the center are only evidence based treatments which were proven highly effective in promoting the children. We make sure to be updated in current research and treatments of autism in order to provide the children with the best treatments. We participate in international conferences such as the yearly conference of the Koegel Institution for Autism in Stanford University, the INSAR convention which brings together the best of international researches on autism. We also take part in updated courses on autism treatments such as PACT, ESDM, JASPER.

  • בשביל הכוכב - אוטיזם

    What is autism? Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurological developmental disability. It varies with age and different developmental stages. Autism is manifested differently in different people, which is why it is called - a spectrum disorder Autism is mainly expressed in two aspects. 1. A consistent difficulty in maintaining social communication and/or interaction. 2. Repetitive patterns of behavior and/or actions and/or fields of interest. In order to determine whether a person has autism these two symptoms should coincide. ​

  • הטיפולים במרכז לאוטיזם - בשביל הכוכב

    Treatments ​ The treatments take place at the Or Akiva center, with the cooperation of the parents. The duration of each treatment is about 45 minutes. Starting in 2021, treatments will also be held in Be'er Sheva and the surrounding area in order to allow the children of the south access to PRT treatments as well. ​ The six components of the therapeutic procedure: ​ A. A conversation with the parents ​ The purpose of the conversation is to get to know the needs of the child and the family. Transferring important initial information such as the setting in which the child studies, treatments he receives, family constraints, etc. This information is essential for building the initial personal plan. At the same time, also checking the child's developmental status, his communicative, verbal/non-verbal ability, ability to play, imitation, independence, etc. Before the treatment, essential questions are required such as: the child's preferred sources of motivation, which can be incorporated during the treatment: games, activities, foods. ​ B. Developmental assessment ​ The first meetings will be used by the therapist to get an impression of the child's developmental abilities, and to create a connection. The assessment is done by playing and favorite activities of the child and refers to the stages of his development: Verbal/non-verbal communication, joint attention, imitation, cognition, social skills, play, independence (in eating, dressing, hygiene, chores), gross and fine motor skills. ​ C. Building a personal treatment plan ​ The program is built according to the developmental level of the child in cooperation with the parents. The plan concerns all stages of development, as tested in the stages of the initial assessment. The stated goals are measurable, that is, when an assessment is performed, it is possible to know objectively whether the child has achieved the goal. ​ D. Treatments ​ The treatments carried out after the construction of the personal treatment plan are carried out in accordance with the plan and in order to achieve the goals, as defined. The treatment is done by playing and favorite activities of the child. At the end of each treatment, the parents receive instructions to continue practicing with their child in the home routine during the week. E. Re-evaluating and renewing the plan ​ The program is dynamic and flexible. Once per period of time the therapist will evaluate the goals and examine them. If there are goals that have been achieved, they are replaced by other, more advanced ones, and if the goals are not achieved, rethinking, brainstorming is done, and if necessary, an alternative therapeutic strategy will be formulated. F. Continuous contact with parents ​ The parents receive full accompaniment, and there is an open line between the therapist and the parents. Parents are invited to consult and ask questions in any field related to the advancement of the child.

  • שאלות נפוצות על אוטיזם - מרכז בשביל הכוכב

    Frequently Asked Questions of Parents What is the difference between intellectual developmental disabilities (previously referred to as retardation) and autism ? ​ Firstly, autism is not mental retardation. The definition of intellectual developmental disability actually requires the diagnosis of three different characteristics that coincide: ​ A. Low IQ - 70 or below. ​ B. Poor personal and social adaptation - functional-behavioral-social difficulty in relation to what is .expected of his peers in his cultural group (the child's "natural" environment) For example: functional independence in daily activities: showering, maintaining personal hygiene, dressing etc. Also, examples of communicative and social adaptation: recognition and response according to different social situations, ability to speak in complex sentences according to what is expected of his age. ​ C. The above criteria should appear during the developmental period, from birth to age 18 Thus it is possible to exclude from the equation situations of loss of mental capacity, which are not related to development, such as a stroke or head injury and more. About 30% of children diagnosed with autism also suffer from developmental intellectual disability (ID) :Diagnosis of ID is usually made around the age of 4-5 years. Suspicious signs of ID: When the child presents a significant delay in several areas of development and does not perform as expected of his age at least in some areas of development towards the age of three.

  • הורים מספרים - בשביל הכוכב - מרכז לטיפול באוטיזם

    Parents Testimonials Yared's mom "My 8-year-old Yarden was diagnosed with severe autism before her two-year birthday, still struggling with difficult symptoms. Along the way, she met many different professionals, some of them very good, but no one managed to reach Yarden the way Motti succeeds. With wisdom, broad knowledge, Professionalism, great patience and sensitivity built a warm and loving relationship between Yarden and Motti that is so helpful in pushing Yarden forward to new achievements. The groundbreaking and research-based treatment approach on which Motti's treatment is based, along with his special personality, make all the difference..." Liad's mom ​ "Dear therapist Motti, the Arrived at the meeting and found a boy with great charm but no eye contact, almost no cooperation. From the very first day he tried every reason with lots and lots of patience and without worries. Little by little he began to make eye contact and cooperation, from meeting to meeting the target improved and began to respond to him. Today there is quality eye contact and continuous cooperation. I'm so glad we met Muti, the boy waits every day for him to arrive. I strongly recommend making an appointment, we love the Mahadipur family." ​ ​ ​ Yogev's mom ​ "Motti works with our son, who is diagnosed on the autistic spectrum, and has been guiding us for six months. Our work with Moti gives us an orderly and measured framework for working at home with Yogev, beyond the therapeutic framework in which he is brought up. Moti manages to specify the right goals, and this is what the parents and other caregivers give us of yogev, tools to improve our skills. This way, the treatment is tailored to the yogev, his needs, his pace and his abilities. This way, in one session, he can work with the yogev on a very specific goal while sitting at a table if the yogev is focused and motivated, and on the other hand, run and jump with him if he is less regulated and requires activity physically. ​ The way in which Moti works is a right combination for us... Moti's accompaniment during the meetings, via telephone communication, WhatsApp or any other form we chose, helped us to get tools, along with a lot of sensitivity, professionalism and genuine and sincere care for the continuation of Yogev's process and progress. ​ ​ ​ הגענו למוטי לטיפול לאחר האבחון של עמית בגיל 3.5. באותו זמן עמית לא כמעט ולא דיברה, נמנעה מקשר עין והיו לה הרבה התקפי זעם, תסכול חרדה. נכנסנו מאוד חוששים, שכן עמית לא אהבה לפגוש אנשים זרים, ראתה המון אנשי טיפול בחייה והיינו למודי ניסיון לא טוב. לצערנו נתקלנו במטפלים אשר מטרות הטיפול לא היו ברורות, הפגישות לא הוכנו מראש, מטפלים אשר החליטו החלטות נחרצות ובלתי מבוססות לגבי היכולות של עמית, מטפלים שעובדים לפי אינטואיציה ולא בדרכים המוכחות מדעית להפתעתנו מהרגע ה ראשון מוטי הצליח לגרום לעמית להרגיש בנוח, באווירה שאינה של טיפול מסורתי אלא אווירת משחק וחופש ליצירה והבעה. עמית מיד התחברה ופיתחה ביטחון בנוגע לטיפולים. מכאן ההתקדמות הייתה מאוד טבעית ומהירה, למדנו ממוטי כיצד לעזור לעמית באופן יעיל להביע את עצמה, כיצד לגרות אותה לתקשורת, כיצד ללמד אותה פעולות פשוטות ולהתנהל בעצמאות. התסכול התחלף בהרגשת הצלחה ושביעות רצון מכל דבר חדש שהצלחנו לעשות ביחד. לאחר פחות משנה בטיפול עמית מדברת, יוצרת קשר עין, מתקשרת עם מבוגרים וילדים, מביעה עניין במשחק עם אחר ונהנית מקשר עם הזולת עמית הולכת בשמחה רבה לטיפול (לא מובן מאליו כלל), ומפיקה ממנו המון. אנחנו מלאי ביטחון כי אנחנו יודעים שמוטי מטפל בעמית בדרכים אשר מוכחות מדעית, במסירות ותוך רגישות תמידית לצרכיה המשתנים. ניכר שכל פגישה וטיפול הוכנו מראש, תוך כדי מחשבה על הצרכים הספציפיים של עמית. מוטי מלווה אותנו מאז האבחון באופן צמוד, תמיד זמין לכל שאלה ומייעץ בכל קושי, ונמצא בקשר עם צוות הגן של עמית ל א יכולנו לבקש מטפל טוב יותר לעמית שלנו ​ אמא של עמית

  • סימנים מקדימים לאוטיזם

    Early signs of autism ​ As a rule, autism does not manifest itself in outward appearance, and full attention should be paid to suspicious signs that devi ate from the norm, in the communicative - social and behavioral fields. ​ Early diagnosis of autism is of great importance and may affect the child's full developmental potential. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the USA indicates a number of preliminary signs that require investigation if they will be presented by the child/person: ​ If up to 12 months the child does not respond to his name. If up to 14 months the child does not point to an object to express interest. If up to 18 months the child does not play pretend games. ​ Avoids eye contact and prefers to be alone. Has difficulty understanding the feelings of others or talking about their feelings. Shows language delay and delay in language skills. Repetition of words or phrases (echolia). Answers answers that are not related to the topic of the question. Difficulty accepting changes, even if they are small. Expresses an obsessive interest in certain things. Performs repetitive movements such as waving hands or spinning in circles. Reacts in an unusual way to sounds, smells, tastes, sensations and the sight of things. ​ *The list lists the most common preliminary signs, there may be additional signs.

  • גמילה - מרכז לטיפול באוטיזם

    ​ Bishvil HaKochav center aspires to make evidence based treatments, scientifically tested with proven efficiency treating children with ASD accessible in Israel. WEANING INTERVENTIONS ​ One of the most common issues o f ASD children is difficaulty with the weaning process. Those difficulties may involve several aspects: environmental, motor ,sensory, behavioral, emotional and more. The research literature recommends starting as early as possible in the process of acquiring the abilities that help with weaning. The process includes the child's readiness for weaning, breaking down the process into small steps, preparing the bathroom environment to be pleasant and inclusive, writing a social story, integration of an emotional symbolic game and coordination of expectations with the educational staff. ​ Finally, a specific plan is written for each child, the parents receive guidance and close supervision on how to implement the procedure at home.

  • PRT באוטיזם

    P.R.T ​ Pivotal Response Treatment, or PRT, is an integrative intervention which includes behavioral, developmental and naturalistic approaches in the treatment of autism. This therapy is play-based and init iated by the child. The goals of this approach include: Development of communication and language skills Increasing positive social behaviors Relief from disruptive self-stimulatory behaviors ​ The PRT therapist targets “pivotal” areas of a child’s development instead of working on one specific behavior. By focusing on pivotal areas, PRT produces improvements across other areas of social skills, communication, behavior and learning. ​ :Pivotal areas include Motivation Response to multiple cues Self-management Initiation of social interactions Socialization Empathy Motivation strategies are an important part of the PRT approach. These emphasize natural reinforcement. PRT was developed by Dr. Robert L. Koegel and Dr. Lynn Kern Koegel of Stanford University. ​ What is the evidence that PRT is effective? PRT is one of the best studied and validated treatments for autism. Studies suggest that PRT improves communication skills in many (though not all) children who have autism. A 2017 review of brain imaging studies showed evidence that PRT improves brain activity associated with sociability and communication. A 2020 meta analysis, reviewing the non pharmacological early interventions, found that PRT may be particularly useful for supporting development of social communication, language and play skills (Sandbank et el 2020). For more information go to Stanford Autism Center (https://med.stanford.edu/autismcenter/prt.html)

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