RO1.15mn autism cen­tre to come up in Ibri

Muscat Daily - - NATION -

Mus­cat - Oc­ci­den­tal Oman and the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment (MoSD) have signed an agree­ment to fund the con­struc­tion of the first autism cen­tre in Dhahi­rah gover­norate at a cost of US$3mn (ap­prox RO1.15mn).

The cen­tre will pro­vide the much-needed ed­u­ca­tion and care to chil­dren in the area who do not have ac­cess to such spe­cialised treat­ment. The cen­tre will also be the first of its kind in the wi­layat of Ibri where Oc­ci­den­tal Oman con­ces­sion ar­eas are lo­cated.

The sign­ing cer­e­mony was held at the Min­istry of So­cial De­vel­op­ment un­der the aus­pices of H E Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Said al Kal­bani, Min­is­ter of So­cial De­vel­op­ment. Stephen Kelly, pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of Oc­ci­den­tal Oman, and H E Sheikh Kal­bani were sig­na­to­ries for their re­spec­tive or­gan­i­sa­tions.

The agree­ment will fund the con­struc­tion of the Autism Cen­ter next to Al Wafa Cen­ter in Ibri.

The cen­tre will pro­vide a broad range of ther­a­pies, and plans to ac­com­mo­date up to 100 chil­dren di­ag­nosed with Autism spec­trum dis­or­der (ASD) at a time, from all ar­eas of Dhahi­rah. These will in­clude a com­bi­na­tion of be­hav­iour ther­apy, speech­language ther­apy, oc­cu­pa­tional ther­apy, so­cial skills train­ing and feed­ing ther­apy.

“We are in­cred­i­bly ex­cited to spon­sor the con­struc­tion of the first autism cen­tre in Dhahi­rah gover­norate, as we are al­ways look­ing to the needs of our lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties in our con­ces­sion ar­eas,” said Kelly.

“The ac­cess to sup­port and ser­vices for autis­tic in­di­vid­u­als is glob­ally lim­ited, so Oc­ci­den­tal Oman is keen to ad­dress this im­por­tant cause, and sup­port the ed­u­ca­tion, wel­fare, and well­be­ing of Omani youth who are most in need of this care. We look for­ward to the progress of the Autism Cen­ter’s con­struc­tion.”

(Sup­plied photo)

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