The After School Activity Center provides an informal framework for children, aged 6-21, as an extension of the regular school day. The purpose of the program is to utilize the child's free time to maximize the personal rehabilitative process of each child. Parents, teachers, social workers, and volunteers are all involved in guiding the development of each child.
Every afternoon, hundreds of children and teens with various disabilities come to the center and participate in a plethora of therapeutic activities including hydrotherapy, speech therapy, physiotherapy, computer-based therapy, dance therapy, multi-sensory therapy (Snoezelen), music therapy, pet therapy, drama therapy and art therapy.
While a child is participating in the Afternoon Activity Center, parents and siblings are free to catch up on their work, personal development and spend time with one another. In this manner, the program also helps to keep a family balanced, contributing to a normative and healthy life. After receiving a filling dinner, the SHALVA children return home happy and relaxed where they can spend some quality time with their family before going to bed.
The After School Activity Center is designed to enhance the child's abilities and potential, increasing chances for better societal integration during adult years.