Sunday, December 2, 2012


Thanks to Art For All our children are invited to see Santa Claus Adventure in UAE on Dec 6th and 7th

at DUCTAC MOE. Show starts at 6:30pm and lasts for 45min.

There will also be a morning show on the 9th  of December at 10:30am.

If any of you is interested please feel free to contact the person in charge directly for your free passes.

Mrs. Rania: 050 6247392.

Monday, November 26, 2012



Staying in Dubai for the winter break?

Bring your child to our Winter Camp

Activities are fun, stimulating and are catered for language, motor, attention skills as well as creativity and emotional intelligence.

Our team of European multilingual qualified specialists in education will lead the activities.

Age: 4 to 12 years old — open also to children with difficulties Date:

 Week 1— Sunday 16th to Thursday 20th of December

 Week 2 — December 26,27,29,30 & 31 Time: 9am to 1pm everyday.

Price: 1000AED per week per child. 1700AED for two weeks.

 Discount available for more than one child.

Contact us on: 04 3953848 or at


Booking is essential! So call us today!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Does This Ring A Bell To Anyone..?!

Good Day,

I'm a mother of three (Mark 7, Jessica 5 and Adam 1.5), just moved to Dubai 2 months ago, and we got the devestating news that Mark has Asperger's. He's always been different, and we always hoped that the reason behind that was the mixing of 3 languages and Dad working abroad.
But NO, he is autistic. And the center quoted me a rate for his ABA therapy (7500 dhs) 10hrs/week, that excludes the shadow teacher he need in school full time that is 160dhs/ 1 hour. and consultation was 2200dhs.

My question is , What do parents do when they can't afford the treatment? we can't leave our son struggle, and specially in School. he's being bullied, he doesn't understand 100% what's happening around him. So far his average is F which means he won't pass this academic year.

i would love to hear from you on what should i do to enable Mark to get a chance to heal. because i believe he deserves a chance. Do i look for a private ABA therapist and shadow teacher?
In addition to that the school doesn't accept shadow teachers, Is that acceptable? or the school has full rights to refuse.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Free Entry To A Play

Hi again,

There will be a performance that is free of charge  for all special need children with their families in celebration of Eid on the 30th of October at 10:30am at Madinat Jumeirah… below is a brief description of the play… Enjoy and sorry for the last minute notice. ;)

Its an exciting day in Toy Town, it’s Noddy and Tessie Bear’s sing-a-long, dance-a-long party and everyone is invited to join in the fun… everyone that is except those two naughty Goblins, Sly and Gobbo who are out to spoil the fun with another of their crazy machines from Goblin Gizmo’s –

The Sound Sucker!.

But don’t worry as our hero Noddy is keeping an eye on those two and knows exactly how to stay one step ahead of their games, despite their crazy antics to try to ruin the party.  With Mr Plod, Whiz the Robot, Bumpy Dog, Car and of course Big Ears, today promises to be one big fun filled adventure.

This fantastic show, for children of all ages, coincides with the 60th year anniversary of Noddy.

Hello Again

Dear All,

I’m sorry I’ve been away for such a long time, but a lot has been going on!

Let’s start with the Awareness Gala Dinner; I’m sure most of you that attended already know it was a great success. We were able to raise approximately 250,000AED.  Sixty percent of funds raised benefitted Senses Residential and Day Care Center for Special Needs, which is the first non-profit residential care facility in the UAE and has an entire floor that supports children with autism.  The balance of funds raised was donated to the Autism Center of Dubai. Please check the Events section of our site for pictures.

The other big news I’d like to share with you is our new website!  I’ve upgraded the blog to a full website; there is such a high demand for a networking space for us parents of autistic children in the UAE that I wanted to take the success of the blog and give it a place where it can grow into an even better resource for us.  Once again, please don’t hesitate to contact me about adding any useful information that might help other parents to the site.

The purpose of Autism In Dubai is for all of us to be able to easily communicate and share information and resources.  Therefore I’ve created a Facebook group which will allow us all to share and discuss a myriad of topics.  To access this group please go to the following link and ask for an invitation (since it is a closed group):!/groups/364168156958672/.  There is also a link to it on the lower right-hand side of our website.

Last but not least, I’m expecting a 3rd boy by the end of the year!  Being pregnant is slowing me down a lot but will promise to stay in touch all the time.

Best Regards.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Autism In Dubai Draw For The Gala Dinner Winner

I would like to announce that out random draw winner of the 2 tickets for the Autism in Dubai Gala is Mrs. Donna Vanvuuren …. Congrats

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Awareness Video


We are looking for 4 parents with autistic children that are willing to be asked some basic questions about their children for an awareness video being taped.

If anyone is interested please don’t hesitate on contacting me.


Sunday, April 15, 2012

From Lisa


I hope someone can help me.  I am currently positioned in Bahrain my 9 year old son for the past two years currently goes to a great little school for children here with mild to mid learning differcaulties (95% of the children attending are Autistic).  The thing is he is not, he has mild ADHD and mid EBD along with mild dyslexia.  We were in South East Asia before here and he fitted in OK to a British mainstream school there and I know he would if we were to go back to the UK, academically he's ok although his English lets him down, because of this he has failed two tests to get him into a 'normal school' here.  With only two years to go before starting senior school my husband and I seriously considering moving me my son and other two children to Dubai (whilst he stays here) on the hope that we can find a more suitable school for him not a special needs school but mainstream one that has good learning support.  Is there anyone that could help me on this matter?
many thanks,


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Light It Up Blue

Today from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm Burj al Arab, Jumeirah Beach Hotel and Intercontinental Festival City among many other big locations in Dubai will light up in blue to support  The Autism Awareness campaign.
please don't forget to show your support by lighting up you patio, terrace or garden in blue or at least wear blue for the day.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

CNN Breaking News

The estimated number of U.S. autistic kids has skyrocketed by 78% since 2000, according to a report from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

One in 88 American kids has autism, according to the new figures. Among boys, it's one in 54.

Why? One expert says: "Better diagnosis, broader diagnosis, better awareness, and roughly 50% of 'We don't know.'"

One advocate says: "we have an epidemic of autism in the United States."

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Meeting Group

This Saturday....                                                                            

Dubai Autism Meetup Group

 The ABC's of Behaviors

The ABC's of your child's behavior- Understanding the ABC's of your child's behavior- Antecedent - Behavior- Consequence- will help you understand how to respond to behaviors and reinforce the skills in your child's program.
 Bring your questions about your child's real-life behaviors and learn how to analyze them in an ABC framework. 
Workshop conducted by: Zeba Khan, Director, AutismUAE and AutismUAE staff will be on hand to guide parents through using an ABC data sheet correctly.

Mirdif Private School

Saturday 10th March 2012

11:00 AM – 1.00pm

Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Battle Of Schools

Today I had possibly my 10th school assessment for J.  I meditated,  prayed and put on my warrior outfit,  since I’m sure most of you know that it’s like going to battle, having to use all your best techniques and weapons to have your child accepted at a school.
After giving them several contacts to call to ask about J, and of course telling them that they can place him in any grade they want, and that we’ll back him up with a teacher at home and a shadow at school, they said they would get back to me in a week.

I have to admit, they were the nicest to me so far.  For sure nicer than the ones that rejected J on the spot, even after knowing all of the above.  Or the school that told me that all their classes already had shadow teachers in them and that they didn’t know my son had one before contacting me (when it was clearly stated in the application that he did).

But my favorite school of all was the one that called telling me there was an opening for my son and asked me to come right away to make a down payment or he would lose his spot. Of course I went running but when the woman saw me she said, “Oh sorry, I didn’t realize I called the mum of the autistic child.”  Those were her exact words before telling me that the spot was not available anymore and that I shouldn’t take it personally.

My husband reported them to the KHDA and they handled it in an amazing way and even had the school call to offer me the spot all over again, since it’s against the law to reject someone based solely on his condition.  But after what happened, would you want your son or daughter to be in such a place, or around such unprofessional people?  I dropped the complaint and told the school I wanted nothing to do with them anymore.

If only it wasn’t unethical to say which school it was….

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Movie Night

The Brain & Learning presents

On Monday March 5th 2012, there will be a screening of the film ‘Temple Grandin”, jointly presented by The Brain & Learning & Wellington International School, in the theatre at Wellington International School. The film will start at 7pm.
Temple Grandin is an American woman with autism. Her insight into her own differences has been very influential in helping people understand the sensory challenges faced by people with autism. Her book “Thinking in Pictures” is world-renowned and should be read by all who have an interest in autistic spectrum disorders.
Start Time: 7:00pm
Running time: 1 hour 43 mins

Here is a link to a trailer from the movie:

March 2012




Monday, February 20, 2012

Al Noor Family Fun Fair

Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs once again brings you the Al Noor - Samsung Annual Family Fun Fair 2012. We take pride to have partnered with Samsung Electronics for this fun filled community event for 2 years now. This year's Fun Fair will take place on 2nd March 2012 on our own premises, located just behind Mall of the Emirates from 10am to 10pm. 

The Al Noor Annual Fun Fair has become an anticipated event by our friends and long term supporters who have been with us over the years. This has been attended by families and friends to enjoy the array of exciting surprises in store for them. Packed with excitement, from games, rides, bazaars, quizzes, raffle draws to a variety of food stalls,the Fun Fair is one of the most memorable events of the year for adults and children alike. To add more value to the event, we will have a Football Tournament at the Fun Fair which will be an exciting attraction for everybody especially for sports enthusiasts. Every year, we have approximately 5,000 people attending, making this a true community event.

Family Fun Day

Tuesday, February 14, 2012


START run workshops for special needs children on Tuesday's at the jamjar gallery in Al Quoz, 3:30pm -5pm. Parents are welcome to stay and work with their students, but they do have volunteers that will work one on one with all students so it is not required.

Best part of it all and which hard to believe is that there is still something free of charge in Dubai. ;)

If you are interested in your child participating, please feel free to contact:

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Sensory Theatre At Your Home

Parents Support Night

As a person on the Autism Spectrum, Stephen Shore is an Assistant Professor of Special Education at Adelphi University. He teaches courses in Autism and Special Education to students wishing to become teachers, psychologists and social workers. He has written a number of articles on Autism as well as consulted and presented on issues related to Autism internationally. Shore was the author of Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome.
Diagnosed with “Atypical Development and strong autistic tendencies” and “too sick” for outpatient treatment Dr. Shore was recommended for institutionalization. Nonverbal until four, and with much support from his parents, teachers, wife, and others, Stephen is now a professor at Adelphi University where his research focuses on matching best practice to the needs of people with autism.
In addition to working with children and talking about life on the autism spectrum, Stephen presents and consults internationally on adult issues pertinent to education, relationships, employment, advocacy, and disclosure as discussed in his publications (some translated into other languages):

– Beyond the Wall: Personal Experiences with Autism and Asperger Syndrome;
– Ask and Tell: Self-advocacy and Disclosure for People on the Autism Spectrum;
– Understanding Autism for Dummies;
President emeritus of the Asperger’s Association of New England and former board member of the Autism Society, Dr. Shore serves in the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, and other autism related organizations.

Dr. Olga Bogdashina is an Autism consultant and visiting lecturer in Autism Studies. She has worked extensively in the field of autism as teacher, lecturer and researcher, with a particular interest in sensory-perceptual and communication problems in autism.
From 1989 till 1999 she was the head of the linguistic department in Gorlovka Linguistic University.
Since 1994 Olga has been President of Autism Society (‘From Despair to Hope’) and the director of the first Day Centre for autistic children in Gorlovka, Ukraine. She is a member of the UK national research group ‘Autism, Religion, and Spirituality’, and a member of the UK-based organisation ‘Autistic Intelligence’. Olga teaches and lectures in the UK and Europe.


Monday, February 6, 2012

Gluten Free Site

Since most of our kids are on a DFGF diet I highly recommend you visiting this site .

What makes it more special than the other ones is that it’s based here in Dubai and organizes regular morning coffees for parents to discuss and share different yummy gluten free recipes and products available in Dubai.

Bon app├ętit ;)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Meeting Group (By Stepping Stones)

11 February, 2012 | 11am – 1pm | Mirdif Private School

Dubai Autism Meetup Group presents…
Hiba Bahsoun – Behaviour Consultant,
The role of siblings in the treatment process

The Dubai Autism Meetup Group is a forum for social and emotional support of parents with children on the autism spectrum. They welcome parents of all nationalities, with varying diagnoses, as well as professionals to support and guide parents. They meet the 2nd Saturday of every month. Their group is now 50 members strong and growing – please come

Mirdif Private School
Saturday 11th February, 2012

11am – 1pm

For more information please contact;
T: +971 4 363 5433

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My Baby's Birthday

My baby turned 5 years old today.  As he was clapping, laughing and I think what you might call dancing in Autisilandia while blowing out his candles, I couldn’t stop the tears from coming down after having a quick flashback of his previous birthdays and his progress.

At 1 he was also clapping singing “to you, to you” and spitting all over the cake trying to blow out the candle.

At 2 years old he couldn’t blow them out and that was a big red flag that something was wrong with my son.  Of course I had been seeing other signs but didn’t want to admit it, and that’s why I made everyone wait forever, trying to make him blow them out, until my husband went ahead and did it because everyone was starting to get bored.

Three was torture for him; while everyone was enjoying themselves, he was just sitting in the corner banging his head against the wall and crying…  We sang to his brother instead and made him blow the candles out.

Finally by 4 I had learned that a party wasn’t a good idea and that we should just celebrate by ourselves with a cake at home, when he shocked us all by blowing the candles out and clapping at the end of the song.   The next week we threw the biggest birthday party for him and yes, he did it again!

Today, not only did he blow out the candles, clap and dance, but you could see the joy and happiness in his eyes.  And for the first time, he was more interested in the gifts themselves than the wrapping paper they came in.

My point in all this is to never lose the hope.  Yes, the results might be slow but as long as it’s happening we should never give up and always be thankful.

Monday, January 30, 2012

Charity Event

There is a charity event planned by Autism Trust happening on Saturday the 4th of Feb from 9:00am- 3:00pm at the Desert Palm Polo Club.
It should be lots of fun and a great way to meet other families.
If interested please let me know to email you the PDF file about it.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Thank You For Thanking Me

Today all my work for the next 10 years at minimum paid off.

I got a phone call from a friend today telling me that someone who had noticed we were Facebook friends had called her asking who I was. When my friend asked her why, the woman replied that one of her close friends had just found out that her son is autistic and was devastated, but of course no one knew what to tell her or how to begin helping her until one of her friends shared this blog with her on Facebook.

Apparently it helped her a lot, not just because of the information it contained, but more by helping her realize that she was not alone in feeling the way she does, and that one day she will be able to outgrow her pain and go back to what you might call her normal life again.

She asked her friend to thank me on her behalf and requested to remain anonymous, which I understand.

We know we’ve all been there, and let’s just say it’s not the most pleasant phase or period of our lives. So why not help others by making their experience a bit less painful?

If I could only make you feel the joy and happiness I felt today after receiving that phone call, you would understand what I’m talking about.

I ask you to please help share this blog with as many people as you can. Even though some of the news on it might be old to you, for parents newly dealing with this it is not, and the information can be very helpful.

I’m not sure if this mum ended up subscribing or not, but if she did and is reading this right now, I also thank you for making me feel the way you did today and I wish you all the best. Please feel free to contact me for anything you need.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Free Slots At AutismUAE (By Zeba Khan)

We have good news for parents of children within the early intervention age group.  We have four slots available for early intervention cases, as younger children are given priority on the waiting list and we are adding three new senior therapists to the AutismUAE team.

Option 1: Intensive Morning Intervention

Cost AED 10,000 per month
Includes program creation and management, use all material and toys required, in-house therapy (4.5 hours, 5 days a week with a senior therapist), weekly in-office service day for program planning, reporting and materials, bi-monthly on-site case management in two home-visits (9 hours) with a Case Manager, as well as full transportation within metropolitan Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman.

Option 2: Afternoon ABA Intervention
Cost AED 8,000 per month
Includes program creation and management, all materials/toys included, in-house therapy (3.5 hours, 5 days a senior therapist), weekly in-office service day for program, planning, reporting and materials, bi-monthly on-site case management in two home visits (7 hours) with a Case Manager, as well as full transportation within metropolitan Dubai, Sharjah and Ajman.

Our Therapists for both these programs provide ABA therapy, Activities of Daily Living (ADL) Training, Natural Environment Training (NET), support for existing speech programs, support for existing OT programs and support for Social Skills Training.

If you would like your child to be awarded a place on the Early Intervention Pathway beginning this February, please contact us as slots will be awarded on a first-come, first serve basis to children under the age of five.

Best Regards,
Zeba Khan
Director, AutismUAE
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Sunday, January 22, 2012

A Good Assessment Place? (From Gill)

Hi there,

My 5 year old has recently been diagnosed with Aspergers (back home in NZ at Xmas time). There is very little available in the way of support in Doha, so I was thinking of bringing him over to Dubai for two days for further assessments and OT support, but not sure which is the best centre to contact.

Do you have any idea what the best centres are with respect to aspergers?

Thanks in advance

Saturday, January 21, 2012

How Could the New Science Help In Autism?


WHEN: February 8, 2012
WHERE: Synergy Integrated Medical Centre
TIME: 7- 8 P.M.

To Book Call Tel No.: 04 348 5452

To find out more about Dr Parviz please visit:

Thursday, January 19, 2012

How Do We Manage In Dubai? (From Tracy)


We are looking at moving out this summer due to my husband relocating!  Starting to think he will have to hand in his notice and find another job!!!

Our son (10) has a mild/moderate learning delay with traits of autistic behaviour. However, he interacts in normal school life and seems to be doing really well with that side of things.  Struggles terribly academically, so much so that they have kept him back a year, and he is still the bottom of the class.

We do have some friends out there, but they are feeding back only negative reports of living out there with a child who is not deemed as normal!!! 

At this time he is in a u.k mainstream school with support from a 1-1 for 20 hrs a week.

My question is... How do you manage with a child who is not your average Joe out there.  I have heard that no school will take them, there is no external support, i.e speech therapy etc. 

I simply cant believe that all those expats living in UAE all have perfect kids??


Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Technology Helps Autistic Children with Social Skills

A new research project suggests virtual worlds can help autistic children develop social skills beyond their anticipated levels.

In the study, called the Echoes Project, scientists developed an interactive environment that uses multi-touch screen technology to project scenarios to children.

The technology allows researchers to study a child’s actions to new situations in real time.

During sessions in the virtual environment, primary school children experiment with different social scenarios, allowing the researchers to compare their reactions with those they display in real-world situations.

“Discussions of the data with teachers suggest a fascinating possibility,” said project leader Kaska Porayska-Pomsta, Ph.D.

“Learning environments such as Echoes may allow some children to exceed their potential, behaving and achieving in ways that even teachers who knew them well could not have anticipated.”

“A teacher observing a child interacting in such a virtual environment may gain access to a range of behaviors from individual children that would otherwise be difficult or impossible to observe in a classroom,” she added.

Early findings from this research show that practice with various scenarios has improved the quality of the interaction for some of the children.

Researchers believe the virtual environment and an increased ability to manage their own behavior enables a child to concentrate on following a virtual character’s gaze or to focus on a pointing gesture, thus developing the skills vital for good communication and effective learning.

The findings could prove particularly useful in helping children with autism to develop skills they normally find difficult.

Porayska-Pomsta said: “Since autistic children have a particular affinity with computers, our research shows it may be possible to use digital technology to help develop their social skills.

“The beauty of it is that there are no real-world consequences, so children can afford to experiment with different social scenarios without real-world risks,” she added.

“In the longer term, virtual platforms such as the ones developed in the Echoes project could help young children to realize their potential in new and unexpected ways,” Porayska-Pomsta said.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Gluten-Free/ Casein- Free Diet

A gluten-free/casein-free diet is also known as the GFCF diet. It is one of several alternative treatments for children with autism. When following this strict elimination diet, all foods containing gluten and casein are removed from the child's daily food intake.

Some parents of children with autism believe their children are allergic or sensitive to the components found in these foods. Some seek allergy testing for confirmation. Yet even when no allergy is confirmed, many parents of autistic children still choose to offer the GFCF diet. Among the benefits they report are changes in speech and behavior.

How does a gluten-free/casein-free diet for autism work?
The gluten-free/casein-free diet is based on the theory that children with autism may have an allergy or high sensitivity to certain foods. In particular, the theory targets foods that contain gluten and casein. Children with autism, according to the theory, process peptides and proteins in foods containing gluten and casein differently than other people do. Hypothetically, this difference in processing may exacerbate autistic symptoms. Some believe that the brain treats these proteins like false opiate-type chemicals. The reaction to these chemicals, they say, leads a child to act in a certain way.

Based on this theory, diets free of gluten and casein are given to children with autism. The intent is to reduce symptoms and improve social and cognitive behaviors and speech.

There may be some scientific merit to the reasoning behind a gluten-free/casein-free diet. Researchers have found abnormal levels of peptides in bodily fluids of some people who have symptoms of autism. Still, the effectiveness of a GFCF diet for autism has not been scientifically substantiated in randomized clinical trials. In fact, a review of recent and past studies concluded there is a lack of scientific evidence to say whether this diet can be helpful or not.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Autism Effect On Siblings

My friend was out of town and I promised to take her kids, who are the same age as mine, to Karate with "Z" while she was away.

            When they got in the car they said hi to "Z", then did the same with "J", but of course they didn’t get a reply.  So the first question that was directed to "Z" was, “Why doesn’t your brother talk?”.  So he answered in a very confident way that made me super proud of him, “Some children take longer than others to talk and he is getting people at home to help him.”

The second question was, “Why isn’t he wearing his Karate clothes?”

So again he answered, “Well, because he is too young.”

The younger boy tells him, “But he is my age and I go to karate class.”

That was when I interrupted the conversation and started talking about something else, when I realized "Z" didn’t know what to say anymore.

Of course the next time I had to pass by and pick them up, "Z" asked me not to bring "J" with us and to leave him at home so he wouldn’t bother the other boys. Instead I made it a point to take him and told "Z" that if they were going to be bothered by his brother then they were not welcome in our car anymore.  I further explained that "J" will always be part of our family and not them, and he should care more about his brother than others.

     Was that the right call? Is there a right call? Was I too tough on a 7 year old child, trying to teach him how life may not be fair sometimes?

    What would you have done in my place?

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

What IS APP? (By Pulse Center)

APP stands for Audio-Psycho-Phonology.

It’s a method aiming to stimulate listening skills.

It has been firstly created and developed by the ENT French doctor Alfred Tomatis in the years 1960.

This method consists in listening to specific music and other audio supports, which are treated by a complex digital mechanism called “DIGITAL EAR”, to create optimal listening process.

The music is transmitted by a special high quality headphone incorporating a vibrator placed on the top of the head, in case of autism this is an interesting particularity as it permits to address sound stimulation even to those who are low tolerant or hypersensitive to sound and correct it.