There are no genetic or medical tests that can detect autism. An experienced professional must observe the child, acquire knowledge about the child’s development and then proceed to objectively follow internationally recognized criteria for diagnosis.
The center utilizes the developmental tests which demonstrate feasibility in assessing actual and potential abilities of autistic children.
At the top of the list:
Psycho-educational profile (revised) PEP-R for children up to 11 years.
Diagnostic statistical manual IV edition revised DSM IV issued by American Psychiatric Association in 1994.
Psycho-educational profile for adolescent and adults AAPEP.
The centers strongly believes in acting early as the “wait and see” method often recommended to concerned parents could lead to missed opportunities for intervention.
Intervention services are offered to children of the age group 2 – 5 years where tools and skills are provided to significantly develop and impact cognitive and social skills.
The center provides speech therapy services through speech pathologists who have vast experience in dealing with autistic children in order to develop expressive-receptive language abilities and communication according to an individual plan based on each child’s capabilities.
Computers provide an important and effective element in the therapeutic intervention for autistic children. The mobile image in addition to the sound as auditory stimulus helps in the stimulation of visual and auditory cognitive senses.
The Center’s Computer Department is an example of Corporate Social Responsibility undertaken by Abu Dhabi General Information Authority who donated the computer devices to build and develop this department.
Sensory Integration Services
This particular room was a dream come true to the center and is the only one of its kind in the UAE. It was through the corporate social responsibility of EMAAL Company that this room was brought about.
It contains the latest equipment in the field of sensory integration and focuses on developing and stimulating all the five senses which leads to remarkable improvement in behavior and cognitive perception.
Adaptive Physical Education
Physical education plays a crucial role in developing motor skills, especially the psycho-motor aspect which contributes in the development of balanced skills, neuro motor coordination, flexibility and agility.
Tatweer Company for Tourism is another excellent example of Corporate Social Responsibility who donated the equipment to build the Center’s Gym.
The center provides individual training services for autistic children in swimming, gymnastics, equestrian sports and skiing, recognizing that all children, whether typical or atypical, have the right to enjoy and benefit from a variety of recreational and sportive activities.
Al Jazira Sports Club, Dinan, Sparky’s Family Sports Center has supported our outdoor services for several years offering valuable daily services to the center’s children and paving the way for Corporate Social Responsibility in the UAE.
Full Day Services
Emirates Autism Center is distinguished in providing the full day services to give the chance to apply individual programs inside and outside of the center through integration within society and interaction with other societal members.
Art & Vocational Rehabilitation
The center provides training and rehabilitation services to students through a variety of different work shops (leather, printing, carpets, etc.).
Emirates Foundation is an excellent example of Corporate Social Responsibility who have generously donated our printing press equipment.
This department aims to train children in participating in musical activities, learn and perform musical pieces and express feelings through body movement.
As another step towards achieving a measure of independence, the home economics aspect exists to train children on daily activities from preparing a meal independently to learning the value of money by selling their home-made baked goods to peers and friends.
Auditory Integration Rehabilitation
The center is distinguished in providing auditory integration training services for autistic children. AIT is a sound stimulation auditory training method.
It exercises the ear and allows the brain to facilitate improvement in auditory tonal processing which is demonstrated by an improvement in learning and behavior.
Neuro Feedback Therapy
Neurofeedback therapy changes your brain waves – the electrical activity in your brain – and that changes how you feel, how you react, how you interact with others. Neurofeedback is completely non-invasive, and most people who have been through the therapy say that it is comfortable and even enjoyable.
Electrodes are attached to your scalp, which are held in place by a water-soluble gel. These electrodes conduct the current coming from your brain into an EEG device, which will transmit this information onto a computer screen. No input goes into the brain; the machine simply reads the electrical energy coming from your brain.
Numerous studies have highlighted the long lasting benefits that neuro feedback has on individuals with autism such as improving their executive functioning. The center is in the process of equipping itself to start offering neuro feedback therapy soon.
Family Counseling & Support
The philosophy of counseling and family support lies in counseling families to take responsibility towards their children and teaching them how to do so through periodic meetings and orienting them with the center’s applied programs for their children.