Autism: Multidisciplinary assessment and treatment in Dubai

Autism: multidisciplinary assessment and treatment in Dubai

What is Autism?

Autism refers to a broad range of conditions characterized by challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. According to the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD) of the World Health Organization, autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is one of the many neurodevelopmental disorders occurring during the developmental period and involving significant difficulties in the acquisition and execution of specific intellectual, motor, language, or social functions. ASD is a persistent deficit in the initiation and sustainability of communication and interaction, with restricted, inflexible, or repetitive behaviors. Individuals with autism can show a full range of abilities varying according to social and educational contexts, as well as genetic and environmental factors. Consequently, it causes challenges in personal, social, educational, and other functioning areas, such as language, pragmatics, social communication, motor development, sensory and emotional regulation.

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Latest research proves that the onset of the disorder occurs during the developmental period, typically in early childhood before the age of 2, a phase where infants actively experience their surroundings, and grow the pillars of communication. With the increase of social demand and expectations, these symptoms may manifest differently or clearer.

Thus, the diagnosis of autism can be set as early as 18 months. It requires two main features:

Persistent deficits in initiating and sustaining social communication and reciprocal social interactions manifesting in several functions, such as:

Persistent restricted, repetitive, and inflexible patterns of behavior, interests, or activities atypical or excessive for the individual’s age and sociocultural context. These may alter:

EARLY DIAGNOSIS & INTERVENTION

When you call the clinic, you will be offered an appointment time for an initial consultation. The initial consultation is the first appointment and will last 50 to 60 minutes. This is an opportunity for the clinician to start to get to know more about you and identifying what the fundamental difficulties are. We then take a collaborative approach to developing a care plan with the support of the multi-disciplinary team. We are here to support you, will talk you through the best care plan available and ensure you are informed, comfortable, and at ease with all your options.

What are the signs of ASD?

As stated earlier, signs of ASD can start before the age of 2. Below is a list of signs that you might find useful. The presence of one or more of these signs does not mean your child has autism. When in doubt, please contact our team of healthcare professionals for an assessment.

By 9 months

By 12 months

By 16 months

By 24 months

At any age

Whom should I contact?

If you are in Dubai and are concerned about the development of your child in the areas of communication, language, motor skills, behavior, and sensory abilities, our multidisciplinary team offers you evidence-based practices in the fields of:

We offer you a holistic approach in autism therapy, in our clinics in Dubai Healthcare City, and Jumeirah Lake Towers, in Arabic, English and French.

We use specific tools to assess and treat children and adolescents with ASD (please add names of tools available in our clinic, such as ADI, CARS, ADOS). Autism therapy is multidisciplinary and involves parents as important actors in the treatment plan.

Our Clinicians

RAHAF AL BIZREH

Speech Therapist
Years of Experience
  • 17
Language Spoken
  • en
  • ar
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RAGHAD AL BIZREH

Speech Therapist
Years of Experience
  • 17
Language Spoken
  • en
  • ar
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CERI ELLIOTT

Behaviour Analyst
Years of Experience
  • 18
Language Spoken
  • en
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