New Comprehensive Facility for Children with Autism
With the growing demand for services for individuals with autism in the UAE, our new building is all ready to accommodate the increasing numbers of children with autism. We are also poised to provide appropriate facilities to implement the best comprehensive services and rehabilitation programs on par with the international standards for individuals with autism.
The new Dubai Autism Center is located in the prime location at Al Garhoud (near the Emirates Aviation College and opposite to the National Charity School). Our new building has approximately 91,000 sq ft of a built-up area that is spread across four floors; with a student intake capacity of 240 students, the building has 34 classrooms, 23 therapy rooms, and extracurricular space.
- ASSESSMENT CLINIC
- SPEECH THERAPY WING
- MOVEMENT THERAPY ROOMS
- OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY ROOMS
- SENSORY INTEGRATION ROOM
- DARK SENSORY ROOM
- SOFT PLAY ROOM
- LIVING SKILLS WING
- VOCATIONAL TRAINING ROOM
- ROBOT-ASSISTED THERAPY ROOM
- COMPUTER LABS
- ART AND HANDCRAFT WORKSHOP
- MUSIC ROOM
- SWIMMING POOL
- PHOTO STUDIO
- BARBER SHOP
The center has 34 classrooms, each accommodating 2-7 children. The classroom takes the main focus of the school day. It is where the children start their day and get their daily schedule, moreover, their individual educational plans (IEP). Most classes have four students with two teachers. The distribution criteria may vary depending on the specific requirements of each student.
ASSESSMENT & INTERVENTION
A specialized assessment and intervention clinic that targets children from 2 to 18 years, as part of the integrated services provided by the Center, under the supervision of an integrated team of nine consultants from different disciplines.
The clinic team consists of consultants whose specialties vary in general medicine, clinical psychology, educational psychology, sociology, rehabilitation, special education, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy and clinical special education. All that is provided to ensure a comprehensive and accurate assessment for each case.
SPEECH THERAPY WING
Speech Therapy Rooms and Labs at the DAC is furnished with number of tools and technologies to engage our students in conversation and encourage expression, including the Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Voice Output Communication Aid (VOCA) devices as well as Mekaton sign language for non-verbal students.
MOVEMENT THERAPY ROOMS
We invite students individually or in groups into our movement therapy rooms to increase their mobility, improve their balance and develop their coordination skills. We use Trampoline,s Wobble Boards, Physio Balls and more for fundamental skills like mobility, balance and coordination.
SENSORY INTEGRATION ROOM
This room is where our students can benefit from a safe sensory Integration approach-led activities. Using steamrollers, roller slides, tunnels, sand play and climbing walls, our students are encouraged to actively explore their environment, develop their perceptual and motor skills, learn self regulation skills, and much more.
DARK SENSORY ROOM
Here, lights, colors, sound, sensory soft play equipment and aromas help students develop and engage their senses in a safe and unique environment to explore and interact safely. It is also used for calming strategies. The Sensory room has soft flooring and wall padding along with LED Sensory equipment like bubble tubes, interactive ball pool, fiber optic curtains, etc.
SOFT PLAY ROOM
The Soft Play Room is a wonderful multi-sensory environment for our early intervention students. Our therapists use small plastic balls to apply deep pressure massages that relax their body while ensuring relaxation in a multi-sensory environment. The visual, auditory and tactile sensory stimuli and the proprioceptive feedback build confidence and strengthen sensory motor skills.
LIVING SKILLS WING
This 3 bedroom mock apartment is fully furnished to reflect the typical home environment. Here students learn important daily skills such as bathing, dining, grooming, and dressing skills. Learning these skills empower students to navigate their daily lives and become independent a home ad beyond.
The RAT room is specially designed for ZORABOTS, a human care robot capable of a vast number o physical and social exchanges. Our students often need encouragement to initiate communication, and Zora’s many therapeutic scenarios noticeably improve engagement levels, helping them achieve many of their IEP goals in the process.
We have three fully equipped computer labs for various age groups, including for early intervention, juniors, and seniors. The computer labs also house some of our augmentative and alternative communication tools – such as the Voice Output Communication Aid (VOCA) devices for non-verbal students. We also provide adaptive and advanced technologies for our certified training programs, which prepare students for work placement and possible employment.
Dubai Autism Center adopts music as a therapeutic tool for children with autism because of its many proven rehabilitation benefits. The therapists can use songs or musical instruments to support cognitive activity so that they can build self-awareness, knowledge and enhance social interaction with others.
The Gym is well set-up with specific areas for Early Intervention, Juniors and Seniors which has age-appropriate fitness equipment like treadmill, Elliptical Walker, Side Stepper, Mini Olympic Track, Trampoline and separate space for activities like obstacle course, games/sports, and aerobics, etc. along with an area for all floor exercises, yoga aerobics, virtual reality device like X-Box to increase coordination and learning in a fun and interactive environment. It helps to rapidly improve students’ endurance and agility through group or individual sessions which enhance physical, emotional and cognitive health.