For over 30 years, the Mifne Centre in northern Israel has been treating infants (up to the age of 2) with the unique and powerful method which they have devised and evolved, and which we are working to bring to the UK.
At its core, this is about engaging the child by first providing a safe environment for them and then evoking their natural and innate sense of trust and of wanting to be part of the world around them.
Based on the principles of attachment and containment, it is about giving the child a very real sense of security to elicit their trust, and thus the ability and interest to comfortably engage with those around them for pleasure and out of their own curiosity.
Report from Israel TV News showing how one family was transformed at the Mifne Centre there:
Our book tells the story of Guy Shahar's visit to Mifne with his son, Daniel. It details how the therapy worked to transform Daniel's and his family's life.
It is a parent/family/carer-led approach, and depends on a suitable physical and (more importantly) emotional environment being created around the child in their home. The 3 week-intensive clinic treatment (for one family at a time) is an immersive start to this programme in which the whole family is coached to be able to create this environment.
The method is tremendously successful, with over 88% of children treated there ending up being educated in mainstream schools, mostly without any support requirement.
This is the treatment that we will be offering at our own UK-based Transforming Austism Mifne Centre, and it will be closely supervised by the clinic in Israel.
We are aiming to bring our own Mifne Centre to the UK as soon as we are able!! Due to the huge amount of money it will take to establish such a wonderful Centre, and the fact that we are a brand new charity at the start of our journey, we will need in the first instance to focus on our parent services, and in particular our Hub. Once these are up and running and we have proved ourselves as a provider of immensely valuable services, we will turn our attention to Mifne.
This will of course require masses of work and relatively large amounts of money. If you are inspired by our ambitions and would like to help - either by spreading the word, or raising money or bringing your skills to our team or using your networks to help us reach the right people - please consider becoming a Transforming Autism Ambassador.