We all have our challenges in raising our children. How comforting it is to hear from another more experienced mother that your child’s behavior, as exasperating as it is, is normal. But what about when it is not normal? When your child, the tiny infant you held in your arms with such hopes, is diagnosed with autism? The devastation, the fears for the future are immeasurable. Your day-to-day, minute-to-minute life will never be the same. Your other children are tremendously affected. Family ties fall apart. You desperately need support.Continue reading Rescue Rope in a Stormy Sea
Some special needs children have very special parents indeed! Ayelet Sanens is a person of many facets. She is a pre-school teacher by profession who devotes hours to preparing the presentation of a concept to her tiny charges. She fully understands the educational benefit of breaking down ideas based on her vast experience with her special needs daughter, Tamar. Of an outgoing personality and a sense of responsibility, she is an active member of the community, initiating and supporting worthwhile communal functions. In addition, she tries to publicize, wherever she goes, the need to recycle household items to protect the environment. Often heard from Ayelet by her friends: ‘Don’t buy it unless you need it and, once you do buy it, recycle it when your family no longer has any use for it.’
It’s not often that all of these facets come together as they did in the recent Ashdod Environmental Preservation and Recycling Fair.
Aware of the many special needs children who can benefit from Ezer Mizion’s special summer program in Ashdod, she brainstormed and came up with an ‘out of the box’ idea of promoting her opinions on recycling to raise funds for these kids. Thus was born Ashdod’s amazing Environmental Preservation and Recycling Fair!
Items on display included toys, cosmetic products, costume jewelry, clothing, household items, and more, all tastefully and attractively arranged in booths.
The event brought the Ashdod residents closer together as they rallied to provide a much-needed communal program. In attendance at this charming event, in addition to the local residents, were the Education Department supervisor and other local municipal staff representatives.
The creative event was enjoyed by all, and the proceeds will be put to good use: helping to finance Ezer Mizion’s summer repertoire for Ashdod’s children with special needs. These children have been benefiting enormously from Ezer Mizion’s newly expanded program serving children with special needs in the local area and the surrounding region, under the able direction of Mrs. Estie Koenig.
Ezer Mizion has long been in the forefront of providing services for special needs children throughout the country. Ezer Mizion’s Beit Chana Activity Clubs provide supervision and constructive activity in four major cities in Israel for children with special needs after school hours, weekends and holidays.
Ezer Mizion’s training courses provide Developmental Aides with the fundamental concepts and techniques of speech, occupational and physical therapy, enabling them to provide this therapy under the direction of professionals. .Because early intervention is crucial for children with developmental difficulties, Ezer Mizion offers subsidized physical, occupational and speech therapy to children from birth through age eight. Through Ezer Mizion’s unique Developmental Aide program families are offered these therapy sessions at a minimal cost.
Ezer Mizion’s network of special needs summer camps has grown to include camps to service thousands of children with physical handicaps, brain damage, cerebral palsy, Down’s syndrome, autism, blindness, deafness and emotional disorders. For these youngsters, Ezer Mizion’s summer camps are the highlight of the entire year.
Fifteen thousand hostings by respite programs and twenty day care centers for children are more of the many ways Ezer Mizion attempts to increase the child’s chances of reaching his full potential and to alleviate the plight of families dealing with special needs.
Autism is frightening. It brings to mind a child that not only has physical or cognitive disabilities but also cannot relate to and join normal society. There is a tremendous lack of understanding about the ASD spectrum which leads to compounding the fears of the average parent. Continue reading Autism: What It Is and What It Isn’t
Ezer Mizion’s Judith Pfeuffer – “Shaked Day Care Network” coordinated and hosted a national event in the subject of Autism. Continue reading The Development of the Autistic Child
Nurit was a striking little, three year -old girl, with green eyes, dimples and blonde curls. But, although she was physically developed – she sat and stood and walked on her own in an age-appropriate manner, the little girl’s beautiful eyes were expressionless, and her socialization and communications skills were severely undeveloped. Nurit suffers from autism/PDD (pervasive developmental disorders) – a neurological disorder that affects a child’s ability to communicate, understand language, play, and relate to others. Continue reading Battling Autism
A few days ago, my younger sister got married. From the moment she got engaged, I could not get out of my mind the bitter taste of the Shabbat Sheva Berachot we celebrated a year earlier for the sister before her. I felt that I simply did not have the strength to go through another Shabbat like that.
Another Shabbat in which my autistic son Shlomo knocks tables over, stains the clothing of the kallah and the guests when he spills a bottle of cola or oily matbouha tomato salad, knocks down the mechitzah with a boom, fortunately only slightly wounding the mechutan’s foot, and screams at the top of his lungs precisely when the chatan begins to speak… Continue reading Impossible Dilemma? Solved.
Dear Ezer Mizion administration,
I wanted to tell you, from the depths of my heart –
For the mothers’ support group, which gave us a tremendous amount of strength to cope with our challenge, professional tools and techniques, and deeper awareness of our emotions. All of this found immediate expression both in our understanding and our conduct. Our home literally changed for the better!
Thank you so much,
To all those involved, the wonderful people of chessed and deeds,
I wanted to thank you so much for your initiative in organizing a support group for mothers coping with tough challenges, who don’t know where to turn or to whom they can pour out their heart and talk out their concerns.
The support group contributed a great deal to me.
May Hashem pay you your just reward and shower you with an abundance of good. May you have a wonderful new year, a year of health, redemption, and a full measure of joy.
A mother who participated in the group
Dear Ezer Mizion administration,
I am the mother of a girl with high-functioning ASD and I participated in a support group for mothers, organized by your venerable organization. The group was led by Ms. Tichyeh Posen and Ms. Miriam Sarfaty, who, with each succeeding session, managed to give me and the other group members important tools and much emotional support.
Warm connections formed among the women in the group, based on our mutual openness and sharing of various experiences. We felt as if we had finally arrived at a place where people speak our language and understand us, even without words.
I cannot begin to describe the tremendous benefit I derived from these sessions. Every week, I returned home with renewed strength, new insights, and a “kitbag of provisions” to carry me through another few weeks of struggle.
May you be divinely blessed for your amazing work and justly rewarded for the warm and beneficial assistance that you so generously provide the public,
With deep appreciation,
My dear Orit,
Seeing your name on my ID screen was like a ray of light for me. In the middle of the raucous day, I knew that an island of tranquility, acceptance and release awaited me in the form of a group session that you, in your great dedication, made sure would work out just right.
Thank you and thank you again. May Hashem pay you your well-deserved reward!
23 Elul, 5775
Dear Ezer Mizion administration,
My name is Chana and for the last few months, I participated in the support group for mothers of children with ASD.
First of all, I want to thank you for the amazing support group you organized for us.
Ms. Tichyeh Posen and Ms. Miriam Sarfaty are two angels in the guise of humans. The understanding, attention, empathy, caring, information, professionalism, and feeling of “togetherness” that they projected is a great and powerful thing, truly one of a kind. They really did it in the absolutely best way possible.
We had sessions that were special, moving, breathtaking, elevating, packed with practical tools. Some sessions were sad… but all were very good and empowering. And every one of them was too short and finished too quickly… Please, if it is at all possible, I beg of you to organize for us a follow-up course with the group that started off together, because we have a lot more to learn and to hear from Ms. Posen and Ms. Sarfaty and we really need them.
I would like to add a special note of thanks to Orit, the devoted secretary, for her determination and dedication in passing on the messages to each one of us, without forgetting or missing anyone.
Thanking you in advance,