This is a country that is no stranger to children with special needs, but, surprisingly, there aren’t too many options to educate them. True, there are several centres that cater to special needs, but some parents identify that these are not easily accessible. If the waiting lists are not long, the centres tend to cater only to Qatari nationals, and, in most cases, only to Arabic speakers.
The founder of Little Academy Nursery in Doha observed a dearth of special needs access for the community and proceeded to establish a new state-of-the-art facility that works with children from birth to 18 years old, who have communication difficulties, fine and gross motor challenges, language delays, hearing difficulties, educational delays, behaviour disorders, emotional disorders, sensory integration issues, social skills challenges and more.
Mind Institute is the newest addition to the community and, according to the founder, is a catalyst for demonstrable change for children and adolescents struggling with special needs. This institute offers holistic, non-medical daily intervention programmes, as well as after-school courses that use evidence-based, subject-centred approaches in English, French and Arabic, targeting measurable changes in academic and social performance. So, not being able to speak in Arabic is no longer a worry for the family, with the institute’s multi-disciplinary team of therapists being able to communicate in three languages.
Mind Institute also works alongside schools in Qatar to create outreach programmes. A school can get a consultation, followed by a collaboration wherein training workshops for their staff and faculty will be offered. Additionally, Mind Institute will also conduct screenings, comprehensive assessments, collaborative classroom practise and more.
With a goal to present an opportunity to every child and adolescent, to help them achieve their maximum social and academic potential, Mind Institute actively promotes equality and an open-door policy. Someday, they believe, the social stigma around special needs children will be erased and these children can live more functional and enriched lives in the country.
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