The Crown Family
We are pleased to announce our newest supporters - the Crown Family.
For fifteen years, the Feuerstein Institute has helped hundreds of patients recover from traumatic brain injuries and cardiovascular incidents at our Center for the Cognitive Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured. We have seen amazing results; with our help, patients who were told that their situation was beyond hope have exceeded expectations and returned to their professions and studies.
We graciously thank the Crown Family for their generous support. Their assistance allows us to conduct vital scientifically validating research proving the efficacy of Feuerstein Method in patients undergoing Cognitive Rehabilitation. This important research lays the groundwork for future development and expansion of the Feuerstein Institute.
The Ruderman Family Foundation
For decades, the Feuerstein Institute has been at the forefront of the social integration of the special needs population. We have continuously developed new paradigms to further advancement of integration efforts. We are excited and pleased to join forces with the Ruderman Family Foundation on a truly ground-breaking new project; the creation of the Pre-Marriage Intervention Program. This innovative program - the very first of its kind - has been designed to prepare young disabled couples for happy and successful partnerships and marriages.
Over the last two decades, the world has seen a marked improvement in the number of resources available to the special needs population. Still, the trend in Israel and the rest of the world remains to place young adults into group homes when they come of age, despite the fact that many of these individuals have the potential to marry and successfully start a family. This program strives to change that trend.
The program will commence in the coming months, and we have received support to run three cycles with ten couples per cycle (60 participants). The couples will receive training and counseling on a wide range of topics related to marriage, including intimacy, communication, household administration and financial matters and social activities among others. Continued guidance and services such as wedding planning will be available after graduation.
Once again, we thank both of our new partners for supporting the Feuerstein Institute in these important projects.
Autumn is a time for VIV - Very Important Visitors
This fall, the Feuerstein Institute was graced with a number of very important visitors, with the potential of leading to some very significant advancements!
The leadership of our Australian partners, the Independent Schools of Victoria (ISV), were our earliest visitors. We mentioned in our last issue that that ISV had been awarded a sizable grant to implement the Feuerstein method into their schools. With stage one of this project all ready well underway, the leadership came to discuss the next steps, and explore widening the scope and implementation of the Feuerstein Method in Victoria and throughout Australia.
The Landstede organization, our partners in the Netherlands, paid us a visit with Catent, their educational partners. They sent a group which included fifteen Catent school principals who came to learn about the Feuerstein Method, with a view towards implementing it into their schools. This marks another important phase in dispersal of the Feuerstein method throughout the Netherlands.
The Feuerstein Institute was honored by a visit from Carlo De Benedetti, Italian industrialist and philanthropist. A long time admirer of Professor Reuven Feuerstein and the Feuerstein Method, Mr. De Benedetti came to discuss the possibility of opening a Feuerstein treatment center in Milan in conjunction with the Together to Go Organization. Subsequently, the new Feuerstein Treatment Center in Milan has opened its doors, and Professor Feuerstein and Rabbi Rafi Feuerstein launched the initial trainings at the center.
We also received a visit from Zev Davis, member of our International Board of Governors. Dr. Davis was instrumental in acquiring the grant to support cognitive research from the Crown Family. Zev, we thank you once again for being our friend, ambassador and advisor.
For more than fifty years, the Feuerstein Institute has been dedicated to the integration of the special needs population into mainstream society. Our efforts do not stop when our clients reach 21; we continually develop new programs and offer courses through our School of Continuing Education to ensure that their cognitive development continues. One such course is the People to People program, which prepares developmentally disabled young adults to work with the elderly and young children.
The People to People was developed to address two very important issues facing society; the first being the lack of patient, quality caregivers for the elderly, and second being meaningful employment opportunities for young adults with special needs. The program has proven to be immensely successful in Israel - 97% of People to People graduates have found and maintained employment while also seeing a significant increase in their own level of functionality.
Fifteen young men and women are currently enrolled in the course. They train for forty hours a week, for the duration of a year. The curriculum focuses on interpersonal skills such as listening, being attentive and focused on the needs of their charges, as well as personal and cognitive development. In addition to skills needed for day to day, they are also being taught how to react in critical situations. Their parents are also expected to be active participants in this educational process, and meet as a group once every six weeks. As the People to People program advances to the later stages, participants will receive assistance in job placement, and settling into their new positions. When possible, the families of the elder-care receiver will be involved in the process to the caregiver's family, to make the situation as successful as possible.
The Feuerstein Institute once again extends our gratitude to Margot Lew, the chairwoman of our British Friends of the Feuerstein Institute. On November 27, Mrs. Lew and her team of volunteer leaders held their first parlour meeting in London, at the beautiful home of Susan and Neville Kahn. The evening was dedicated towards raising awareness and scholarship funds for deserving Feuerstein clinical patients who desperately need assistance to subsidize their course of treatment. Aaron Karov, a graduate of the Center for the Cognitive Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured department, was on hand to tell his story, and discuss his long road to recovery. The evening was a smashing success, raising a significant amount of money. We thank the Kahn family for the use of their home, and our British Friends for their loyalty and friendship. We look forward to even greater success at their upcoming parlour meeting in February, at the residence of the Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Don't miss out on these upcoming events...
34th International Summer Workshop
Dear friends - we invite you to join us from June 30 - July 11, 2013 for an inspirational, enriching and stimulating two weeks in Paris, France! The Summer Workshop of 2013 will enable you to follow in the footsteps of practitioners from dozens of countries who are now seeing transformative changes in the children they help. Early registration discount is available until April 15, 2013 - please register here. For our European friends, please note that stipends are available until January 16, 2013 - follow this link to the application form.
The Feuerstein Institute International Summer Workshop introduces educators, psychologists and other specialists to the theory of and hands-on practice of Structural Cognitive Modifiability and Mediated Learning Experience, as well as the use of dynamic assessment and the Instrumental Enrichment intervention.Practitioners will study with the world's leading specialists of the Feuerstein method. They will leave the workshops with concrete knowledge and understanding, as well as the ability to use them with assurance. They will benefit from the experience acquired through decades of clinical work and educational observation that has shown us the exact nature and quality of the interaction between child and the practitioner that brings about the most meaningful change.
International Conference on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Modfiability
The Feuerstein Institute is proud to announce that we will serve as the hosts of the International Conference on Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Modifiability. The conference, which will take place June 2-5 2013, will be held in Jerusalem at the Dan Jerusalem Mt. Scopus Hotel.
Top researchers in the field of Neuroplasticity and Cognitive Modifiability will lecture and present on a myriad of important topics and cutting edge research modalities. To learn more about the conference, please click here . If you wish to submit an abstract, you can find more information about doing so here.
Professor Reuven Feuerstein, Chairman and founder of the Feuerstein Institute, was one of the earliest advocates of the theory of neuroplasticity. The belief that the brain has the ability to change is the cornerstone of the Feuerstein Method and Professor Feuerstein's life work. This methodology has gone on to change hundreds of thousands of lives, in clinical and educational settings.
The Feuerstein Institute will also host a one day post-conference seminar on June 6, 2013. The seminar will feature a series of workshops in the practical application of the Feuerstein Method on a variety of disorders. To learn more about the Feuerstein Institute Seminar, please click here. Please note that due to pedagogical and technical reasons, space is limited.
If you wish to register for the conference, please do so here.
Not every story has a happy ending... yet. Help us ensure our patients succeed in full rehabilitation. Every day, families of potential clients reach out to our Cognitive Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured. They have heard the amazing stories of recovery for stroke and head injury patients. They want those kind of results for their loved ones. Despite our best efforts to deliberately keep costs low, for some our fees combines with their incurred expenses during the long road to recovery are too great. Help us to help patients like;Ariel*
Ariel, age 18, was a normal functioning child. At age 14, he began to get severe headaches, which upon further investigation were discovered to be caused by a brain tumor. Ariel had the tumor removed, but in the removal process part of his brain was damaged. Ariel is now paralyzed in both arms and legs. His mother, once a high ranking officer in the army, has had to stop working in order to take care of her son, who hardly speaks and has great difficulty expressing his needs and thoughts.
Emily, age 33, was a very bright young woman. By age 30, she had all ready secured an executive position working for a major international company. Shortly after, Emily married and became pregnant with her first child. Emily had a tough pregnancy and suffered from eclampsia during birth. Immediately after delivering the child, Emily suffered from cardiac arrest and fell into a coma. A month and a half later she woke up with no memory of her family or her life before. She currently suffers from severe memory function, motor impairment and is incapable of caring for her baby.
*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of our patients.
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