9th June 2018

Communication Assessment for Children with Complex Needs Professionals/Therapists Workshop

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) tools and techniques bring access to communication for children with complex communication needs. The process of determining the best AAC intervention for a child can be challenging for therapists. When making decisions about a communication system, a quality assessment includes prioritizing skills, solving access challenges due to gross and/or fine motor impairment, a thorough trial phase, and providing ongoing support.

This program will provide an overview of the assessment process concerning the communication of children with complex needs. Children with complex communication needs are defined as those not using speech as a primary form of communication for a variety of physical and/or developmental challenges. The presentation will address where to start with an assessment. The presenter will provide tips and tricks for adapting assessment activities for children who have vision or fine motor impairment. Creating attainable therapeutic goals will be discussed and examples will be provided. We will work through two case studies to better understand the assessment process and available AAC options.


About the presenter

Amanda Graves earned her Master’s of Science in Speech-Language Pathology from the University of Rhode Island, and holds the Certificate of Clinical Competence (CCC) from The American Speech and Hearing Association. She has over 8 years of experience in the field of augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).


Please contact for more details:

Call us on: +971 4 333 3508/09

WhatsApp us on: +971 55 177 0770

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15th March 2018

MUMS Workshop

9:00 am - 11:00 am
Take care of yourself
While Taking care of your child with special needs

Learn how to achieve an efficient body alignment, and facilitate proper muscle recruitment in order to squat, lift and carry while minimizing the impact on your body.

Topics that we will cover include:

  1. How to achieve a neutral spine posture (with tools to take home to test yourself)
  2. The proper way to squat (and how to correct improper mechanics)
  3. Ways to minimize the demand on your neck when carrying
  4. Suggestions for integrating exercises to address core stability

The workshop will be heavily lab based and active; come dressed to move and lift. It will also be customized to the participants where possible.

Please contact for more details:

Call us on: +971 4 333 3508/09

WhatsApp us on: +971 55 177 0770

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28th February 2018

Rare Disease Day

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
What is Rare Disease Day?

Each year on 28th of February World Rare Disease Day is celebrated by tens of thousands of people in over 100 countries. On this day, we unite in solidarity with patients affected by rare diseases and their loved ones, to create general awareness and improve knowledge across society about rare diseases.

In line with Dubai's vision of tolerance and inclusion, the celebration of World Rare Disease Day encourages everyone to be kind, tolerant those suffering from these conditions.


What is a Rare Disease?

It is any disease that affects a small percentage of the population. A particular rare disease may affect only one person in a million, but all together, rare diseases affect about 1 in 17 people worldwide.

There are over 7,000 different rare diseases identified to date and about 450 million of people live with it. 75% of those diseases affect children.

Most rare diseases have genetic origins whilst others are the result of infections (bacterial or viral), allergies and environmental causes.

There is no cure for the majority of rare diseases and many go undiagnosed.


Show you care!

Join us to celebrate World Rare Disease Day and show the world that also you care about others who suffer from rare diseases. Everyone is welcome!

Come to the "Walk & Play" event on 28th February at Kite Beach, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm. After a short group walk, there will be free play and activities for the children, kite flying, snacks and drinks.


Location:

Kite Beach
Beside Jamba Juice

Please contact for more details:

Email: admin@highhopesdubai.com

Call us on: +971 4 333 3508/09

WhatsApp us on: +971 55 177 0770

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8th February 2018

Cortical Visual Impairment Introduction Physician Talk

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Who can attend?

Phyisicians: Pediatricians, Opthamologists and Neurologists


Cortical visual impairment (CVI) is the leading cause of visual impairment in all first-world nations. However, many children with CVI remain undiagnosed and untreated. This session will provide information about diagnostic criteria, the unique visual and behavioral traits associated with CVI, and methods to facilitate functional vision in individuals with CVI.


Location:

High Hopes Dubai
Villa 31A, Street 13, AlSafa 1, Jumeirah

Please contact for more details:

Email: admin@highhopesdubai.com

Call us on: +971 4 333 3508/09

WhatsApp us on: +971 55 177 0770

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8th February 2018

Cortical Visual Impairment Introduction Parent / Caregiver Workshop

9:30 am - 11:30 am
Who can attend?

Parents and Caregivers


Parents of children with cortical visual impairment (CVI) play a critical role in facilitating progress in their children’s vision and are often seeking information to better support their child’s success.

This workshop will provide an opportunity for families of children with CVI in Dubai to learn about the fundamentals of CVI.

The topics will include: identifying CVI, the unique visual and behavioural traits of CVI, assessing vision in children with CVI, and interventions.

The session is intended to be informative but informal; parent participation is encouraged.


Location:

High Hopes Dubai
Villa 31A, Street 13, AlSafa 1, Jumeirah

Please contact for more details:

Email: admin@highhopesdubai.com

Call us on: +971 4 333 3508/09

WhatsApp us on: +971 55 177 0770

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