Aftercare Program & Social Integration
Upon completion of the treatment at the Mifne Center, the long-term, second stage of treatment begins when the family returns home. The parents are trained to continue RPT (Reciprocal Play Therapy) at home. This requires daily sessions in a playroom, prepared at home for this purpose, where the toddler spends several hours each day with his parents and trained therapists, who have graduated the Mifne Training School at the Bar Ilan University.
The therapy sessions taking place at home are gradually reduced, according to the toddler’s progress. The follow-up is managed by a senior Mifne staff member assigned to each family to provide feedback, based on the aftercare videos of the toddler submitted by the parents to the Center on a monthly basis. This strategy is phased down over an extended period, as the toddler’s integration with his peers gradually increases.
The critical factor that determines the duration of the home-based therapy is the progress the toddler is making. As the toddler initiates more social contact, he/sh becomes more capable of communicating in a socially adaptive manner. This is an interactive process that depends upon the functional ability of each toddler; in some cases it may take months until the child is capable of joining a peer group. Exposure to other children, their language and play, contribute to his/her developmental process, accelerate it, and help the child to advance increasingly closer to optimal functioning ability. This process needs very careful supervision. The final stage of treatment is the process of integrating the child into his peer group, in most cases a suitable mainstream nursery school or kindergarten is chosen, to enable the child’s social interaction, supervised by a Mifne therapist.