Tuesday, 10 November, 2015 - Child Early Intervention Medical Center in collaboration with Al Jalila Cultural Center for Children, hosted an interactive discussion “Teach your Child How to read” at the Iris Black Café.
The discussion had reflected the importance of teaching children the appropriate reading skills at each stage and what schools expects from children when it comes to developmental milestones.
Mrs Siobhan McNiff is an expert in specific learning difficulties (SpLD) and has supported children and adults with dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia and dysgraphia in the UK for more than 20 years and currently Dyslexia and Learning Difficulties Specialist at Child Learning and Enrichment Medical Center said, “according to student UAE performance project PISA 2012, girls perform than boys with statistical significant difference of 55%, while in America and European countries, it marks 38% higher for girls”
On a separate note, Siobhan added: “Dyslexia/Learning Difficulties is a growing problem in our community with little support offered to children with different learning difficulties as The prevalence of dyslexia is 17.6% among female Emirati University students in both English and Arabic, oftentimes resulting in home schooling for these children.”
The event was well attended by mothers who had shared the challenges they face as they get quite busy with daily routine. Siobhan had encouraged the mothers to read stories before bedtime , and has also suggested that there are many Ipad applications available today to learn multiple skills at very early age as technology play a crucial role in our lives today.
“This is an opportunity for teachers, specialists and parents to learn from our expert the best techniques and tools available to educate children. We believe that every child has the right to education and inclusion in mainstream schools is the only way to have them walk towards college and succeed in life. Our mission is to support children from kindergarten to college with all academic, social, and communication needs. As leaders in inclusion with more than 75% of our children placed in mainstream schools and nurseries through our two centers, we have achieved what was impossible a few years back. We would love to see more schools involved in inclusion and more children have their places at the school desks, and we believe this can be achieved through continuous learning, engagement, and a strong desire to overcome the challenges.”, said Dr Hibah Shata, Managing Director and Co-founder of Child Early Intervention Medical Center (CEIMC) and Child Learning and Enrichment Medical Center (CLEMC).
Dyslexia is a learning disability that can hinder a person’s ability to read, write, spell, and sometimes speak. Dyslexia is the most common learning disability in children and persists throughout life. The severity of dyslexia can vary from mild to severe. The sooner dyslexia is treated, the more favorable the outcome; however it is never too late for people with dyslexia to learn to improve their language skills.
About Child Early Intervention Medical Center:
Child Early Intervention Medical Center (CEIMC) in Dubai Healthcare City was established to accept and provide a broad range of services to families affected with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and various other developmental delays all under one roof. In November 2010, the Child Learning & Enrichment Medical Center (CLEMC) was established as a sister branch to CEIMC and is located in the Al Wasl area. CLEMC offers outpatient services, classroom and group teaching using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to assist children with inclusion into mainstream schools.
CEIMC advocates and encourages early intervention and supports children with Autism Spectrum Disorders as well as various developmental delays. CEIMC believes that public awareness and early intervention for children can help them achieve the basic skills necessary for inclusion into mainstream schools and to prepare children for integration with typical peers. CEIMC accepts children as young as 18 months to 18 years.
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