Israeli NGO Collaborates with Toronto Hospital to Provide Care Through ‘Multisensory Therapeutic Environments’

Nov. 5, 2020

Beit Issie Shapiro in Israel and Toronto’s Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital have embarked on a collaborative project to provide tailored multisensory training to the hospital’s inpatient Brain Injury Rehabilitation Team (BIRT).

The virtual training by Beit Issie Shapiro will run from November 2020 to January. Between 20 and 25 BIRT clinicians are expected to take part.

Based in Ra’anana, Beit Issie Shapiro is known internationally for its expertise in multisensory training, research and development, and has developed a unique methodology, “Issie Senses,” which transforms the multisensory environment into a therapeutic tool to enhance the wellbeing of children and adults with disabilities.

With over 25 years of experience in multisensory environments, Beit Issie Shapiro is a pioneering leader in the field internationally, guiding the establishment of over 500 multisensory rooms around the world and training over 3,000 professionals.

The BIRT team at Holland Bloorview includes specialists in occupational therapy, physiotherapy, therapeutic recreation, psychology, respirology, child life specialist, social work and nursing.

“We are excited to partner with Holland Bloorview,” said Beit Issie Shapiro’s Director of Global Professional Development, Sharon Yeheskel-Oron. “It is wonderful to join together with a like-minded organization committed to excellence in order to benefit its clients through innovative, impactful solutions.”

Lorraine Thomas, Holland Bloorview’s multisensory coordinator, and Janet Bernstein, occupational therapist on the BIRT unit, anticipate that the tailored training will help clinicians become more knowledgeable about the potential and appropriateness of using the multisensory environment as a therapeutic intervention within the professional disciplines.