Everyone has the right to education and that includes persons with special needs. "Students with special needs are generally defined as students with learning, physical, or developmental disabilities and students with behavioral, emotional, and communications disorders", according to the Ministry of Education and Higher Education.
In this guide, we compile a list of educational institutions in Qatar that help provide "academic, behavioral, health, physical, or other unique needs beyond those met by traditional educational techniques"*.
Family Hope Center is a safe haven for children, adolescents, and adults with social, mental and physical challenges. The center not only aims to help its students but also provides support to their families. They offer various programs for the advancement of the students' physical, social, emotional, speech, language, behavioral and occupational needs.
Its services include Individualized Educational Plans (IEP), Standardized Assessment, Speech and Language Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Academic Learning Support, Social Skills Program, Parent/Teacher Training Workshop, Sensory Integration, Therapeutic Listening Therapy, Psychology Assessment, Handwriting Skills Session, Summer Camps, Winter Camps, and various activity programs.
Family Hope Center has modern facilities, equipment, and spacious rooms for effective therapy sessions as well as first-class amenities and recreational tools for a fun-filled learning experience.
Contact:+974 4435 0951; +974 3123 2123
Location: Khaled Bin Obada St, Doha
Renad is a school that helps children who have been diagnosed with mild to moderate Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), according to Qatar Foundation website. It's currently serving students aged 3 to 7 years old.
Location: Bani Hajer, Zone Number: 51, Street Name: 1264, Building number 16
Step by Step's mission is to holistically address the academic, social, and emotional needs of its students aged 3 to 16 years. It provides only small group teaching but also whole-class teaching supported by individual and group therapy intervention.
Its services include Applied Behaviour Analysis, Buddy Club (Social Skills Group), Fantastic Fingers, Math Lab, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Smart Start Early Intervention, and Summer Camp.
Contact: Landline: +974 4475 7625; Mobile: +974 5592 7376
HOPE is short for Help, Opportunity, Participation, and Education, which the school aims to provide to differently-abled children and young adults as well as to enable them to enhance their abilities to overcome their challenges. The school was established in 2005 and HOPE Qatar is definitely proud of its success stories, some of which are when students successfully reintegrate into mainstream schools and move to pre-vocational paths.
Its programs include Early Intervention Class (3-6 years), Functional Academics Program (7-25 years), Therapeutic Interventions, After School Program, and Supplementary Academic Support.
For Appointments +974 55385687
"Mind Institute is an independent special needs center in Qatar for children and adults struggling with physical, mental, and social challenges. It has a multi-disciplinary team of therapists licensed by the Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners. Mind Institute provides the highest standard of care via focused assessment, comprehensive treatment, and individualized therapy plans."
Contact: +974 33377648 - +974 44181968
According to the Child Development Center, CDC is not a school but rather a multidisciplinary center where children receive therapy sessions. It was established in 2013 and serves children from 15 months old to young adults up to 18 years old. It also has a network of internationally qualified and licensed professionals who offer child-centered and evidence-based early detection and intervention for children with developmental delays.
Its services include Applied Behavior Analysis, Early Intervention Program, Speech and Language Pathology, Occupational Therapy, School-Based Services, and Professional Development Training.
Location: 16 Bu Jenaib Street, Dafna, Doha
Contact: (974) 6692 0199
Established by H.H. Sheikha Moza bint Nasser in 1999, Al Shafallah Center provides exemplary educational and rehabilitative services to persons with mental disability and autism under 21 years old. It has since been successful in not just promoting awareness in the society about the cause and the rights of special needs persons but also in helping them integrate into Qatari society. It covers all types and levels of disability for all age groups from birth to graduation.
Contact: (+974) 4495 - 6666
With a curriculum based on local and international standards, Awsaj Academy has been awarded dual accreditation by two internationally renowned accrediting agencies, the Council of International Schools (cis) (www.cois.org) and the Middle States Association (MSA) (www.middlestates.org), both of whom are recognized by the Ministry of Education and Higher Education. Its mission is to "encourage, motivate, and advance the achievement of students with learning challenges by providing quality academic, social, and emotional research-based instruction in both Arabic and English; and develop within students respect of Qatari heritage and Islamic principles to ensure a successful entry into post-secondary education, career, and community."
Contact: +974 44542111
This Qatari institution helps children with special needs by providing excellent programs to help them acquire the skills they need in living side-by-side with members of their community.
Contact: 66815878 - 40172414
Established by the parents of a child diagnosed with autism, Omega Center helps children with psychiatric, physical, educational, and social challenges overcome their challenges by providing effective educational and therapeutic services. Omega also educates the parents and the caregivers of special needs children. Its services include Occupational Therapy, Sensory Integration Therapy, Speech Therapy, Behavioral Therapy, Special Education Class, and Life Skills & Vocational Training.
Location: Ain Khaleed Area, Zone 56, Street No. 329, Bldg. No. 32
Contact:+974 4451 3210; +974 5563 9713 (mobile)
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