A key element of the MukiBaum Accessibility Centre’s philosophy is the unique Multi-Focal Approach, which was developed in 1971 by Dr. Nehama Baum. The approach focuses on seeing a person as a whole human being, as opposed to only focusing on his or her challenges and disabilities. Unlike Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA), the Multi-Focal Approach addresses the causes of challenges, not only their symptoms. For example, we treat behaviour as a means of expressing needs or desires and as a reaction to environmental messages. To bring about a change in behaviour, we must attend to the underlying emotional, psychological and sensory needs of the person.
This humanistic approach gives the child or adult a sense that they are being heard, seen, accepted and respected and opens the door for growth and development through new self confidence, better self-esteem and improved quality-of-life.