“Since kindergarten, we have had challenges with Shlomo*. At first, the teacher thought he would be one of the very advanced students because he had excellent verbal skills. However, he had a great deal of difficulty paying attention and completing tasks. As Shlomo got older, these difficulties became overwhelming. It was beyond me why Shlomo couldn’t remember his notebook for class, why he never seemed to complete a task in a timely manner or why his friends never seemed to invite him over,” said Mrs. Katz.
The family sought the help of SHEMESH. The SHEMESH experts discovered Shlomo has executive functioning issues and noted his difficulty in a social environment. An Executive Function Coach conducted an extensive evaluation and created a customized plan for intervention. He joined one of SHEMESH’s innovative social skills groups for six weeks, where he learned how to interpret social cues, respond appropriately and form meaningful friendships.
“My son is a different boy today than he was two years ago,” said Mrs. Katz. “We had labeled him unmotivated and disorganized. Our home was filled with constant arguments. Now I know that he just needed help. SHEMESH has brought back our family’s shalom bayis and given our son a chance for success.”