THANKS TO THERAPY, JOHNY IS NO LONGER AFRAID OF THE COLOR RED
While most of us only experience very loud sounds in an unpleasant way, children with autism often have auditory hypersensitivity and can't even cope with such sounds as the hum of a vacuum cleaner, the whirr of a motor, or other children crying. Also, some colors cause them discomfort, others even pain. At the JiM Foundation, we help children cope with this hypersensitivity. During therapy, we gradually accustom them to new sounds or colors and desensitize them to those they fear. Each child has an individual therapy program tailored to their needs.
KRZYŚ CALMS DOWN BY HUGGING HIS TEDDY BEAR
Children with autism spectrum disorders often do not understand emotions and are unable to read and communicate their feelings. They are unable to respond appropriately to emotions such as anxiety or fear. Self-aggressive behavior, such as hitting or kicking furniture or walls with their hands, pulling out their hair, hitting their head with their hands, is very common then. At the JiM Foundation, there are specialists who are able to predict in what situations auto aggressive behavior can occur in a child in order to prevent it. Through therapy, children learn how to understand and deal with their feelings and discharge their emotions in other ways that are safe for them.
BASIA AND JUSTYNKA BECAME FRIENDS THROUGH THERAPY
It might seem that children with autism do not like contact with other people, but this is not true. This is due to their problems in the area of social skills. Our children would like to have friends, but they can't play with their peers. This is very difficult for them due to their lack of communication and relationship-building skills. During daily therapy at JiM Foundation, we teach children how to invite peers to play with them, share toys and play in a large group. During the classes we teach how to communicate with other play participants, how to wait for their turn and follow the rules, but most importantly how to establish friendly relationships.
CUB IS NO LONGER AFRAID TO GO TO THE DENTIST WITH HIS MOM
At the JiM Foundation, we understand that children with autism don't like change. But we also know that their adult life will be full of unpredictable situations. That's why, as part of their therapy, we prepare the children for the fact that every day they may encounter something different. We try to make each day look a little different. We go out with them to the store, go on trips, change the daily schedule, the order of activities, so that the children get used to all sorts of changes and know how to cope with them. Sometimes we act out scenes depicting a visit to the hairdresser, photographer or dentist so that our children are prepared for different situations and know how to deal with them.
It is thanks to good people like you that we make the dreams of children with autism come true. We can give them therapy, which is their only chance for independence in the future and a better and happy life. The fate of children with autism depends on us. Together we can work miracles. Together we will create a better world!