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Workshop highlights autistic students’ needs
BY A STAFF REPORTER February 03, 2018
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DUBAI: In response to the Dubai Inclusive Education Policy Framework, introduced by the Knowledge and Human Development Authority (KHDA), Lexicon Reading Center hosted a workshop on Individualised Educational Programmes’ (IEPs) Goals and Motivation with US-based behavioural analysts Mari Ueda-Tao and Sarah Jocson.

The interactive session highlighted held in Dubai the significance of motivating and setting goals for students within the autism spectrum. Organised in collaboration with Applied Behavior Consultants (ABC), a globally renowned institute dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with developmental special needs and learning disorders, the workshop drew the participation of 200 teachers and parents from across the UAE.

Attendees discussed the importance of IEPs and shaping the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE) for children with learning differences. Furthermore, they learnt how to assess stimuli that can trigger challenging behavior and examined ways of handling the situation through effective goal implementation.

Dr Rudolf Stockling, Clinical Director and Head of the Assessment Unit at Lexicon Reading Center, said: “Through leveraging KHDA’s Inclusive Education Policy Framework, the workshop aimed to educate teachers and parents on the positive effect of motivation on children with autism. The session explored innovative and viable strategies for creating a conducive learning environment, in addition to examining the correlation between motivation and results.”

Mari Ueda-Tao is Chief Clinical Officer atABCwith centers in Bahrain, Singapore and Europe,and a national-level member of the Association for Behavior Analysis International (ABAI). Sarah Jocson is Senior Behavior Analyst at ABC with over 15 years of experience in consultingchildren and adults with pervasive developmental disorders.

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