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MoPH launches e-learning for parents, caregivers of autism patients

THE Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) launched on Monday an e-learning platform for parents and caregivers of children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The platform was launched in partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC), Child Development and Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, Qatar Foundation, Al Shafallah Center for persons with disabilities and Qatar Autism Society.
The main objective behind the website is to offer parents and caregivers a digital source of scientific information covering educational, social and health related topics.
“The platform is part of the efforts of MoPH and its partners to help all individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families, said Dr Noof Mohammed Al Siddiqi, health lead, National Autism Plan, MoPH.
She added, “We hope, with all the support, we can build a network to provide all families in our community with the up-to-date publications regarding autism and help individuals with autism reach their potential.”
The platform includes a variety of resources, including recorded videos of experts on autism. It will also feature monthly live interactive educational sessions run by experts in the field and covering a variety of topics. This is especially important now as parents need extra support and advice during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Information Systems Department under the MoPH has provided the community with many electronic solutions hat supportt digital transformation; filling the existing gaps and challenges that were introduced during the current COVID-19 pandemic,” said Fatima Ibrahim Shaikhi, project lead, Information Systems Department at MoPH. “The autism portal allows autism socialists in Qatar to share their expertise and discuss important topics that will provide parents and caregivers with valuable information,” she added.
The first online session on the topic ‘Behavioural changes among young people with special needs’ will be held on June 24 by Dr Mohammed Al Taher, senior consultant psychiatrist and learning disability service lead, mental health services, HMC. Dates and times for future sessions will be announced on the website in advance. (QNA)

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