Animal Studies, Environmental Enrichment, Brain Plasticity
Since the late 1940’s animal studies have shown that enriching the environment leads to improvements in brain development, including Temple Grandin’s work on the “Effect of rearing environment and environmental enrichment on behavior and neural development in young pigs.”
Creation of Sensory Enrichment Therapy™ by Claudie Pomares
In the 1990’s, the clinician Claudie Pomares, M.S.Ed. organized and adapted the protocols used in animal studies into therapeutic games that parents could do with their children and then she began the implementation of these programs in daycares and schools in France.
Pilot Clinical Trial on Autism with Michael Leon at University of California Irvine
In 2010 Michael Leon, PhD, who had discovered the benefits of combining smell and touch sensory inputs, was the first to do an evaluation of the effectiveness of Sensory Enrichment Therapy on a population of children with autism.
Mendability® is Founded
In 2011, these successes led entrepreneur and philanthropist, Eyal Aronoff to invest in the development of Mendability. The base of Mendability is an expert system that collated all the therapy protocols used and then automated the customization of the therapy to suit age, symptoms, and capabilities. On top of that base, Mendability built a web application to deliver the therapy over the Internet. Mr. Aronoff explains: “When I found Sensory Enrichment Therapy, Claudie Pomares was the only provider and it was expensive. I built Mendability around the idea that it should be easy to access and affordable.”
Publication in Behavioral Neuroscience
In May 2013, the results were published by the American Psychological Association’s journal: “Behavioral Neuroscience.” These results were recognized by the American Psychological Association with the prestigious D.G. Marquis Award for best Neuroscience paper for 2013.
World Class Leadership
In April 2014 Mendability was incorporated in the United States and Rich Bohne was named as the company’s CEO. Bohne has 25 years of experience in sales and sales management in the software industry, most recently managing the Americas’s software business for Dell. He is also the father of a teenage daughter with autism.
Second Study Confirms Again that Sensory Enrichment Therapy™ Is an Effective Autism Treatment
Following the success of the first clinical study of Sensory Enrichment Therapy as an effective autism treatment, the replication study was completed and published. The results again show that Sensory Enrichment Therapy is effective in reducing the symptoms of autism.
Since its incorporation, the company, headquartered in American Fork, Utah, is experiencing rapid growth and is continuing to enhance the therapy and the important service that is offered to families.
After a successful pilot training course for professionals in 2016, Mendability developed the online certification course and currently has over 250 certified therapists worldwide.