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MoPH organises ‘Back to School’ online sessions for families of autistic children

MoPH organises ‘Back to School’ online 
sessions for families of autistic children

THE Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) organised four discussion sessions remotely under the title ‘Back to School’, for families of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and disabilities, as part of the activities of the e-learning platform for ASD on the ministry’s website.
The sessions were held in cooperation with Al Shafallah Center for Persons with Disability, Sidra Medicine, Qatar Foundation and Hamad Medical Corporation.
The discussion sessions aimed at advising parents on how to support their children in returning to school and take care of their health, how to maintain social distancing, and overcoming difficulties in returning to sleep.
The third session focused on how to train autistic children to wear face masks and follow preventive instructions, while the fourth talked about precautions that families and caregivers should take with their children.
Health Lead of National Autism Plan at MoPH Dr Noof Mohammed Al Siddiqi said that the sessions came within the framework of the efforts of MoPH and its partners to enhance the services provided for the families of those with ASD and disabilities as the new school year began amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
The MoPH recently launched an e-learning platform for those with ASD, in partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Child Development and Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, Qatar Foundation, Al Shafallah Center and Qatar Autism Society. Primary Health Care Corporation and Sidra Medicine have also joined the platform recently.
The platform aims to provide families and caregivers of persons with ASD of different ages, with an electronic source of scientific information covering educational, social and health topics to guide the education and development of children or adults with ASD. (QNA)

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