Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Kuwait keeping abreast of the latest on 'autism'  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab Times - 02/04/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!


(MENAFN - Arab Times) Kuwait is marking World Autism Awareness Day on Wednesday, April 2, and has more than many to boast of in terms of care provided to the autistic and their families and loved ones. Kuwait Center for Autism was founded in 1994 as a Waqf project by Kuwait Public Awqaf Foundation, with both the Ministry of Education and individual philanthropists pitching in later on to furbish the center and improve its services



The center was the first specialized institution in this field in the Arab world. The center's activities and services span beyond Kuwait to the Gulf Cooperation Council and Arab countries. It is the meeting place and organizer of gatherings of specialists, researchers and training courses, and boasts of the first ISO awards for institutions in this field in the Middle East. Through efforts of Dr Samira Abdulatief Al-Saad, Director of Kuwait Center for Autism, the Gulf Autism Association was later established as well as the Arab Autism Network



The center organized a diploma program on autism in cooperation with the University of London in 2000 and 2003. It also hosted the first Middle East international conference on autism and social interaction imparities in 2000, among other achievements. The activities and quality of service earned the center many awards and great recognition. It obtained an ISO certificate, won a Philip Morris award in 2003, was granted a Jean Amos Comenius (UNESCO) award in 2009, and also won an EU prize in 2012. As for start of services to this group in Kuwait, it was with one classroom for autistic children at the home of a parent of such child in 1985. Another lady, Muneera Al-Mutawwa, later worked on opening a classroom for autistic children at the Kuwait Society for the Disabled. Asrar Al-Qabandi for her part established a child care center for children with ecial needs, which later grew into Khalifah School after the liberation of Kuwait in 1991




Occupation

And even during the Iraqi occupation of 1990, Dr Al- Saad supervised a classroom for five autistic Kuwaiti children in her home in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. The class was later on brought under the care and support of Al-Faisalya Women's Welfare society, the kingdom's most active women group. Princess Fahda bint Saud Al- Saud, society chairwoman, then took a step further and the classroom became Jeddah Autism Center



According to the American Psychiatric Association, "Autism is a disorder of neural development characterized by impaired social interaction and verbal and non-verbal communication, and by restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behavior. The diagnostic criteria requires that symptoms become apparent before a child is three years old." Parents usually notice signs in the first two years of their child's life. The signs usually develop gradually, but some autistic children first develop more normally and then regress. Early behavioral, cognitive, or speech interventions can help autistic children gain self-care, social, and communication skills



Research suggests genetic as well as environmental factors which contribute to autism. But though there are means to accurately diagnose a child, there is no real "cure" to date, only means to help some of the patients perform better within their immediate society. Response to treatment and rehabilitation depends largely on the level of complication of a child's condition and timely access to specialized care. One of every 150 children is diagnosed with autism, and the number is higher at one in every 94 male children. The disorder is the fastest growing disability worldwide, with more patients than those with cancer, AIDS, or other diseases

 


Arab Times




  MENA News Headlines
 Mar 1 2017 - Kuwait- Nation stuck in trivialities - 'Development scarce'Arab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) Ahmad Al-Sarraf Some time ago, the Court of Appeals in Mauritania sentenced to death writer Mohammad Ould Omekhetir, on charges of apostasy, after he was arrested for ...

 Mar 1 2017 - AlGhanim and AlMarzouq join Boursa Kuwait board - High qualified professionalsArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) Mohammed Al-Saqqaf KUWAIT CITY, Feb, 28: Boursa Kuwait recently announced that two new board members have joined its board; Talal Fahad AlGhanim and Soliman Barrak ...

 Mar 1 2017 - Zain wins prestigious GSMA award - Group honored with 'Outstanding Contribution to Mobile Industry Award'Arab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) BARCELONA, Feb 28: Zain Group, a leading mobile telecom innovator in eight markets across the Middle East and Africa, announces its recognition as a winner of the GSMA's ...

 Mar 1 2017 - Kuwait- Ooredoo named as one of world's top 50 telecoms brands - Company's brand value nearly quadrupled to more than $3bn in four yearsArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) Group photo of Ooredoo officials at the event DOHA, Feb 28: Ooredoo is the fastest-growing of any of the major telecoms brands in the region, rising in value 48 percent from ...

 Mar 1 2017 - Julius Baer hold off Bin Drai 11-10 - Zedan outclass WolvesArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) Action shot taken during the Zedan and Wolves Polo match. DUBAI, UAE, Feb 28: Julius Baer by Habtoor Polo and Zedan Polo achieved this afternoon at the Al Habtoor Polo ...

 Mar 1 2017 - 8th Kuwait Open tennis tourney starts March 2Arab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) 8th Kuwait Open Tennis Tournament promo logo KUWAIT CITY, Feb 28, (KUNA): Kuwait Tennis Association has declared the launch of the 8th Kuwait Open Tennis Tournament this ...

 Mar 1 2017 - Pakistan Sports Association Kuwait organizes Hala February T20 Cricket Cup - United Elevators beat Kuwait Energy by 25 runsArab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) Winning teams in group photo during the Pakistan Sports Association Kuwait 'Hala February T20' Cricket Cup 2017. KUWAIT CITY, Feb 28: Pakistan Sports Association Kuwait ...

 Mar 1 2017 - 'Take 'Kuwaiti' woman to Brisbane for delivery'Arab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY, Jan 29: Doctors have pleaded for a heavily pregnant refugee on Nauru island facing a complex and possibly life-threatening birth to be moved to an Australian ...

 Mar 1 2017 - Kuwait- 'Millions lost due to medicines smuggled outside the country'Arab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY, Jan 29: Ministry of Health has lost millions of dinars due to medicine smuggled outside the country, reports Al- Shahed daily. The daily quoting a source added ...

 Mar 1 2017 - Kuwait- 'No side effects on receiving vaccination more than once'Arab Times
(MENAFN - Arab Times) KUWAIT CITY, Feb 4: Ministry of Health allayed fears of citizens and expatriates on the side effects of receiving vaccination more than one time, reports Al-Rai daily. The ...

more...


 





Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Search News
Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary


Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help