Early intervention for Dubai-based special needs Emirati children

The world-class centre would be the first of its kind for Emirati children, who can participate from birth to age 5.

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The Ministry of Social Affairs has plans to open an early intervention centre in September for Emirati special needs children in Dubai.

The world-class centre would be the first of its kind for Emirati children, who can participate from birth to age 5, according to Wafa bin Sulaiman, director of the Special Needs Department at the ministry.

Ms bin Sulaiman told Al Ittihad, the Arabic-language sister paper of The National, that the centre will serve three categories: those prone to disability, those with certain disabilities and those with growth delays.

The centre is part of Phase 1 of a cabinet decree regarding the early intervention programme, Ms bin Sulaiman said. For Phase 2, early intervention departments will be opened at all special needs centres affiliated with the Ministry of Social Affairs.

The centre has already received CVs from doctors, specialists, teachers and administrative assistants.

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