“My method is different from many other therapists. Normally professionals treat their patients. But I believe we should work with all the family. It is more complex, but also more realistic and effective.”According to Lisa, the home treatment enables the therapist to understand more about the family’s life and relationships, enabling him or her to formulate a session that best fits with their conditions and needs.
Lisa explained that her work is not limited to speech but addresses communication in general. There are cases where the child may not manage to acquire the skill of articulating words but will learn to communicate by means of Assistive and Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices.
“a way to understand and to be understood, to communicate with the people around them and impact their world. The younger we start working with the child and AAC the better results we get, and we see the child being able to interact with the world around. And sometimes it even leads to actual speech.”Speaking of her work with Dror, Lisa shared some initial impressions:
“On my first visit to Dror’s kindergarten, all the teachers and assistants told me that he didn’t understand anything that was said to him and was incapable of using a computer for communication. I knew they were wrong. I could see that Dror understood and that all he needed was encouragement and the patience to learn how to use the device.”
Treating children with complex needs calls for a special type of professional. Lisa viewed this as her calling from a young age. She maintains a special connection up until today with the children she treated years ago. She makes sure to check in with the families from time to time and to enquire about the child’s progress even years after her involvement frew to a close.