Friday - - Health Update -

UK-based char­ity Autism Rocks has opened a sup­port cen­tre in Dubai Health­care City to pro­vide ther­apy for chil­dren on the autism spec­trum and train­ing to teach­ers and par­ents to help them learn how to ad­dress chal­leng­ing sit­u­a­tions. The Cen­tre’s Founder Sanjay Shah tells us more about the cen­tre’s ser­vices:

What made you launch the cen­tre in the UAE?

We want to of­fer world-class fa­cil­i­ties and ser­vices which give back to the com­mu­nity we live in. My wife and I also wanted to pro­vide a place for our youngest son, Nikhil, who was di­ag­nosed on the autism spec­trum in 2011, to be able to at­tend ther­apy at the cen­tre and re­ceive ex­pert care when he is not at school. In ad­di­tion, we have wit­nessed a de­mand for ser­vices in the UAE. The Autism Rocks Sup­port Cen­tre will fill this need in the emi­rate.

What are the main ser­vices you of­fer?

The cen­tre offers oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, speech lan­guage pathol­ogy, psy­chol­ogy and ap­plied be­hav­iour anal­y­sis (ABA)ser­vices. Through our ABA ser­vice, par­ents can elect to have reg­is­tered be­hav­iour tech­ni­cians work in the ca­pac­ity of school shad­ows, as well as have their chil­dren at­tend our school readi­ness pro­gramme in which pre­req­ui­site skills re­quired to at­tend a school en­vi­ron­ment are taught.

What train­ing or sup­port do you of­fer par­ents?

We pro­vide a va­ri­ety of train­ing to par­ents through our speech, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy and ABA de­part­ments. Cur­rently, a free work­shop se­ries on ABA is open for par­ents to at­tend. Call 04 442 7012.

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