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NEHAMA BAUM: MOTHER & VISIONARY

Dr. Baum is the Founder and Executive Director of MukiBaum Treatment Centres for children and adults with complex disabilities. MukiBaum, named after her son Muki, who was born with Cerebral Palsy and Deafness, is a non profit, charitable organization funded by the Provincial Ministry of Community and Social Services & The Ministry of Education..

 

Before coming to Canada, Dr. Baum worked as a lecturer in both Tel Aviv and Haifa universities, in which she taught two courses focusing on the Exceptional child and expressive arts therapy. She trained special education teachers and occupational therapists in her methodology and has worked at the Israeli Ministry of Education in the same capacity.


Dr. Baum moved to Canada where she received a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Toronto. In 1979, she founded the MukiBaum Treatment Centres, which provides treatment and education to children, adolescents and adults with dual diagnosis (developmental and emotional / psychiatric disorders), autism and other developmental disabilities.

In 2001, Dr. Baum initiated the creation of the MukiBaum Sensory-Motor Therapy Centre, which is among a handful of programs in North America providing intense all-encompassing sensory therapy to people with dual diagnosis, autistic spectrum disorders, and other complex disabilities.

In 2007, Dr. Baum initiated and designed the Centre For Ability which integrates under one roof, all of MukiBaum Treatment Centres Adult Day Services. The Centre for Ability officialy opened its doors in October, 2008. Alongside with the Vocational and Art Campuses, the Centre For Ability also includes a Sensory Campus that is the direct continuation of the Sensory-Motor Therapy centre, which now became the location of the MukiBaum York Region Children Day Treatment Centre.

Dr. Baum is dedicated to improving the quality of life of people with disabilities through various means including sensory therapy, art education, expressive arts therapies and Sandplay therapy which she pioneered in Canada. in the early 70s, she developed her Multi Focal Approach which is the treatment approach and philosophy used in all of the day and residential programs at MukiBaum.

Dr. Baum annually presents in various international conferences about her Multi Focal Approach, Quality of Life and Family Quality of life, as well as about the MukiBaum’s work in the field of complex disabilities. In addition to her many published articles; Dr. Baum has published four books and is currently working on her 5th book. The Come To Your Senses International Conference was the brainchild of Dr. Baum’s in 2005 and it is her hope that it continues for many years to come. The 4th International Come To Your Senses Conference is set to take place Oct. 19-23rd, 2011.