Introduction:

There are different types of preschools which may be suited to meet the needs of a child on the autism spectrum
Placement in therapeutic/integrated preschools will be done after the child's eligibility for special education has been established by a Placement Committee
Integration of the child in a regular preschool requires discussion of an Integration Committee
Children up to age 7 who are in designated frameworks are eligible for the Preemptive Healthcare Basket
For more information see the Portal for Parents of Children with Special Needs on the Ministry of Education website


As part of the Special Education Law, preschool-age autistic children are eligible for a number of placement options according to their abilities and condition.

Educational frameworks for children on the autistic spectrum can be found according to city on the Ministry of Health website.

Therapeutic Preschool

  • Preschool designated for children above the age of 3 who have different developmental delays.
  • This type of preschool may be appropriate for treating a variety of disorders, or treatment of one specific disorder.
  • The number of children in the preschool ranges from 8-14.
  • The preschool staff includes a special education preschool teacher, an aide, and various therapists.
  • Each preschool is allotted a number of hours with a psychologist provided by the educational psychological services office of the local authority under whose jurisdiction the preschool falls.
  • In many preschools, there is integration with normal preschools ranging from a number of hours per week to one or two days per week.

Language Preschool

  • Therapeutic preschool designated for children above the age of 3 who have different developmental delays relating to communication, most commonly language problems.

Communication Preschool

Integrated Kindergarten

  • Kindergarten for children above the age of 5, which includes children from the regular education system and children from the special education system, most of whom have behavioral problems and different developmental delays.
  • The maximum number of children in the kindergarten is 30, of which up to 10 may be children from special education.
  • The kindergarten staff includes one special education preschool teacher, one regular kindergarten teacher, and an aide.
  • In order to be accepted into an integrated kindergarten, you must contact the local authority’s education office and request a special education placement committee hearing.

Individual Integration into a Regular Kindergarten

  • Mandatory education-age children are eligible for individual integration in a regular kindergarten. Today, even children ages 3-4 are entitled to the integration based on the special budget which has been allotted for this purpose by the minister of education.
  • In addition to the regular kindergarten teacher, there is an integration teacher who accompanies the child between 7-30 hours per week according to the level of his/her functioning.
  • Additionally, each child is entitled to an integration basket, which includes remedial instruction, creative and expressive therapy, paramedical treatments, instruction from the treatment staff, and more.
  • In order to be integrated into a regular kindergarten, register the child for the kindergarten and then contact a Municipal/Regional Support Center (MATYA) to request an integration committee hearing.
  • ALUT – Information regarding individual integration.

Please note

  • The Ministry of Education funds a Preemptive Healthcare Basket for children up to age 7, diagnosed to be on the autistic spectrum and who are in designated frameworks.


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