Over the last couple of decades the incidence of developmental disorders such as the Autism Spectrum Disorders, has risen alarmingly. As of now, intensive early intervention is the most promising approach for alleviation of these disorders.
Communication DEALL (Developmental Eclectic Approach to Language Learning) is an early intervention program for children with developmental language disorders such as,
- Pervasive Developmental Disorders (PDD)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)
- Specific Language Impairment (SLI)
- Developmental Verbal Dyspraxia (DVD)
Communication DEALL is a self- financed program managed by a multidisciplinary team of Speech-Language Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Special Educators / Developmental Psychologists, with 12 children per unit and a 1: 4 ratio of staff to children. The DEALL program provides intensive stimulation (3 hours/day, 5 days/week, over an academic year) and training to small groups of children. At DEALL we aim to integrate these children in regular schools subsequent to our intensive preschool intervention. The training for each child is based on the profile of the child and covers several developmental domains such as motor, communication, social and cognitive development. It also addresses other related issues such as eye contact, attention and sitting tolerance, compliance and behavior. Ideally enrollment to the DEALL program should take place by the age of 2 ½ - 3 years. This gives the child the maximum opportunity to attain age appropriate skills and behavior by school entry age. Children who achieve the required skills by the end of the first or second year are encouraged to integrate in regular schools at such time.