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Parents of autistic children receive back-to-school e-learning sessions

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In an effort to ensure all students with special needs are adjusting well to the new back-to-school e-learning education, the Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) organised four online discussion sessions with families of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder, as well as other disabilities, for advice. 

As schools kicked off the first month of the new academic year under a newly-imposed Blended Learning system, Qatar’s health ministry organised four remote sessions with parents of those with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other disabilities to provide assistance on how to navigate during the pandemic. 

The sessions offered advice for parents on how to support children through the new stage to ensure all students are comfortable with learning online, the ministry said. 

Each of the four sessions focused on different topics on how to support children during the learning process, especially during the pandemic, Dr. Noof Mohammed Al Siddiqi, Health Lead of National Autism Plan at MoPH, said. 

During the first session, parents were guided on how to support their children during the first stage of returning to school, while also ensuring good health is maintained.

Read also: How schools in Qatar are implementing ‘Blended Learning’

The second session focused on the effects of social distancing and difficulties returning to sleep, while the third and fourth sessions highlighted preventative instructions for children and parents, as well as behavioural expectations upon returning to school.

The move comes as part of a range of activities in the recently launched e-learning platform on the health ministry’s website. 

The platform, which aims to provide families with educational, social, and health information in several topics, is in partnership with Hamad Medical Corporation (HMC) Child Development and Pediatric Rehabilitation Center, Qatar Foundation, Al Shafallah Center, and Qatar Autism Society. 

Sidra Medicine and Primary Health Care Corporation have also joined the platform recently to support and guide the education and development of children or adults with ASD in the country. 


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