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Dubai Autism Center unveils ADOS team

United Arab Emirates: Tuesday, January 06 - 2009 @ 13:21

The team is reliable to use ADOS as an assessment tool of detecting Autism to be the first center in the UAE.

The DAC has been certified to administer clinically the ADOS assessment tool after accomplishing of the ADOS training courses developed by Annie’s Center, held by Dr. Annie Chalfant, Director and Clinical Psychologist, one of only 2 people in the Asia-Pacific region with international qualifications from Michigan to train health professionals in the main diagnostic tools for Autism, the Autism Diagnostic Interview – Revised (ADI-R) and the Observation Schedule (ADOS).

Sarah Al Marzooqi, Educational Psychologist and ADOS team member at the DAC, emphasized the importance of such program: “The ADOS consists of various activities that allow us to observe social and communication behaviors related to the diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorders…these activities provide standard contexts in which interaction can occur,”

“The ADOS is not just a tool that can help us to do assessment but it is also a way of practice that enables us to assess more individuals with Autism based on standardized assessment,”

she added.

Mr. Mohammed Al Emadi – Board Member and Director General of the DAC said: “we are keen to ensure that DAC is always the pioneer in providing professional services for children with Autism and their families, especially in the field of early detection and diagnosis,”

“The ADOS requires standardized materials and a high qualified team of clinicians and therapists In order to come out with an accurate measure of Autism spectrum disorder,” Al Emadi said.

Mr. Al Emadi highlighted the importance of the continuous support to the Center receives from their partners and the role community service plays to achieve the Center’s goals. He thanked Mr. Tawhid Abdullah, DAC board member and CEO of Damas International, who sponsored the ADOS training program and all those who participated in improving the DAC’s services to reach international standards in order to provide the best support to children with Autism.

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Tuesday, January 6- 2009 @ 13:21 UAE local time (GMT+4) Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of Mediaquest FZ LLC.

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