Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs has been in existence since 1981 and provides quality and effective training to the Special Needs community of Dubai. The children range in age from 2½ to 18 years. The Centre supports children with challenges such as Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism. These are addressed through special education methods, physiotherapy, speech therapy and occupational therapy. Al Noor also has its own Work Placement Unit which trains children with an aptitude for open employment.
The team at Al Noor consists of a Special Educator, Speech and Language Therapist, Psychologist, Vocational Trainer, Sports Instructor, Computer Teacher, Islamic and Arabic Teacher, Art and Craft and Music Teacher who formulate the Training Programme for the children.
The Goals are selected from the Al Noor Curriculum and implemented in the different areas of development after the initial assessment of each child. The assessment is done comprehensively to determine a child’s level of functioning and once the programme is drawn up and implemented an evaluation is carried out to review the progress.
The Curriculum is a series of skills covering all areas, arranged in a developmental sequence from a basic level to independency.
The key to the development of each child is an individual, child specific training programme. The assessment of each child is conducted in consultation with each member of the multidisciplinary team and then the Individual Education Plan is created.
The Centre still relies heavily on the contributions made by the community to cover its running costs and Kind Gestures is proud to count itself amongst its long-term supporters.