Occupational, speech and emotional therapy with students attending booster classes

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The current study reviews the work being carried out in the Naomi Therapeutic Center in Kiryat Yam, Israel. The staff in this Center decided to provide a holistic response (which includes occupational therapy, speech therapy and art therapy) to 50 elementary school special education students in five booster classes. The goal of the study was to enable these students to improve their self-image, demonstrate fewer classroom adaptive behavioral problems and bring them to function better in class by the end of the school year. Findings demonstrate that in the study group, students' self-image scores were significantly higher at the end of the intervention program than they were prior to the intervention (p=0.040). In addition, the study group demonstrated a significant difference in adaptive behavior scores before and after the intervention, indicating fewer adaptive classroom behavior problems towards the end of the intervention (p=0.034). Finally, findings indicate that there was a significant improvement in students' functioning on all of the occupational therapy categories.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-250
Number of pages6
JournalInternational Journal of Adolescent Medicine and Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Sep 2011

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This study was funded by the Inter-Collegiate Committee of the MOFET (Maths, Physics and Culture) Institute and supported by the Department for Educational Training in the Israeli Ministry of Education, Israel.


  • art therapy
  • booster classes
  • occupational therapy
  • quality of life
  • speech therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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