The Mifne Intervention Program
The basic concept underlying the therapeutic model views the family as an organic unit. The nuclear family takes an active part in the intensive treatment which begins with a residential period lasting three weeks, all day, seven days a week at the Mifne Center. The Center provides a near-naturalistic environment, facilitating everyday life for the whole family. The initial short-term therapy aims to give the family the opportunity to reflect upon themselves and their child, to gain a better understanding of their needs.
The Mifne Intervention Program is a sequential family program for infants and infants up to the age of two, with a diagnosis on the autistic spectrum. It includes three stages:
|1. Intensive therapy for the nuclear family in residence at the Mifne Center
|2. Aftercare therapy at the family home
|3. Integration of the toddler in a kindergarten
The program identifies the parents and, in a broader sense, the nuclear family, as the focal point for treatment. Special attention is given to the siblings in the family, who are included in the program according to their age and needs.
This is followed by the second stage, an aftercare program, when the family returns home. This aftercare program usually lasts from six to eighteen months, depending on each child’s progress and capabilities, as well as on the parents’ ability to maintain this routine.
The third stage of integration is a gradual process, which takes place when the toddler is re-evaluated, to indicate whether he or she is able to cope in their peer group.