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Posted On: 19 July 2020 02:23 pm
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[UPDATED] Special needs schools and centers in Qatar

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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, the ILoveQatar.net team has compiled a list of educational institutions in Qatar that help provide "academic, behavioural, health, physical, or other unique needs beyond those met by traditional educational techniques"*.

    Aamal Center for Special Needs

    Special needs schools and centers in Qatar
    Image credit: Aamal Center for Special Needs

    The Aamal Center for Special Needs 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. Its mission is to enable children who have special needs to develop their physical, social, cognitive and behavioral abilities with the help of specialized programs that will enhance their skills. This will empower them to have a better quality of life so they can integrate easily into the community.

    The Aamal Center for Special Needs provides services in Social Skills Training; Behavioral and Psychological Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Counselling, and has a Sensory Room, too.

    Details

    • Contact: +974 4017 2414 / +974 6681 5878
    • Website: https://www.aamal-qa.net/
    • Instagram: @aamalqatar
    • Facebook: @aamalqatar
    • Location: Madinat Khalifa South, Street 869, Building 16
    • Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 8 am - 8 pm; Friday and Saturday: closed

    Awsaj Academy

    Special needs schools and centers in Qatar
    Image credit: Awsaj Academy

    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."

    Details

    • Contact: +974 4454 2111
    • Website: https://www.awsaj.qa/
    • Instagram: @awsajacademy_qf
    • Facebook: @awsajacademy
    • Location: Al Rayyan
    • Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 7 am - 3 pm; Friday and Saturday: closed

    Child Development Center

    Special needs schools and centers in Qatar
    Image credit: Child Development Center

    According to the Child Development Center, CDC is not a school but, rather it is 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.

    Details

    • Contact: +974 4414 7283 / +974 6692 0199
    • Website: https://www.cdcenterqatar.com/
    • Instagram: @cdcdoha
    • Facebook: @childdevelopmentcenterqatar
    • Location: 16 Bu Jenaib Street, Dafna
    • Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 8:30 am - 7:30 pm; Friday and Saturday: closed

    Doha International Centre for Special Needs

    Special needs schools and centers in Qatar
    Image credit: DIC for Special Needs

    The Doha International Centre for People with Special Needs is considered the first private center to be opened in Qatar with the belief that all children with disabilities have strengths that must be honed in the right way. The center includes many different departments that work on preparing appropriate training programs for each child with different disabilities. The center receives all disabilities, mild or moderate, from birth to 20 years of age. The center contains two sections: an Arabic section for Arabic speaking children and an English section for English speaking children.

    The center is keen to formulate an integrated approach commensurate with the needs of people with disabilities, including rehabilitation, educational, educational, training, communicative, independence, behavioral and professional services for different groups and for all ages.

    Its services include Evaluation and Diagnostic Services, Consulting Services and Therapeutic Services.

    Details

    • Contact: +974 4469 2920 / +974 5050 6659
    • Website: http://dic-specialneeds.com/
    • Facebook: @DICFORSPECIALNEEDS
    • Location: Abu Hamour, Near Abu Hamour Petrol Station
    • Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 8 am 12 pm; 4 pm - 8 pm; Friday and Saturday: closed

    Glory Center For Special Needs

    Special needs schools and centers in Qatar
    Glory Center for Special Needs

    The Glory Center for Special needs, under the supervision of the Ministry of Public Health, serves children and adults by providing distinctive high-quality services for those with special needs in a safe and positive family-type environment while using the latest programs and activities. The aim is to enable them to function socially and academically based on their abilities and possibilities so they are able to integrate into society and contribute to its development and development.

    Its services include the Early Intervention Program, School Rehabilitation Program, Pre-vocational Academics Program and Adolescent and Adult Program for those with special needs, autism, Down syndrome, attention deficit and hyperactivity, learning disabilities and disorders.

    Details

    • Contact/Appointment: +974 3042 5244 / +974 7770 3190
    • Website: https://gloryqatar.com/
    • Instagram: @glory_center_qtr
    • Facebook: @Glorycenterqa
    • Location: Al Duhail, Street 850, Zone 30, Building no. 27
    • Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 8 am - 8 pm; Friday and Saturday: closed

    Family Hope Center

    Special needs schools and centers in Qatar
    Image credit: Family Hope Center

    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 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.

    Details

    • Contact/Appointment: +974 4435 0951 / +974 3123 2123
    • Website: http://familyhope.qa/
    • Facebook: @familyhopecenterqatar
    • Instagram: @familyhopecenterqatar
    • Location: Street 920, Building 24, Markhiya, Zone 33
    • Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 7:30 - 6 pm; Friday and Saturday: closed

    HOPE Qatar

    Special needs schools and centers in Qatar
    Image credit: HOPE Qatar

    HOPE Qatar provides 'Help, Opportunity, Participation, and Education' (HOPE) to differently-abled children and young adults so they can overcome any challenges they may be facing. It provides meaningful and affordable services to intellectually and physically challenged children and young adults. In fact, some of Hope Qatar's students have successfully been re-integrated into mainstream schools in Qatar, and some have gone on to pre-vocational paths through the successful completion of Diplomas in Computer Applications.

    HOPE Qatar specializes in Early Intervention (3 - 6 years) with lots of fun activities, Functional Academics (7 - 25 years) where children can learn at their own pace and eventually complete their 10th or 12th grades through the open school curriculum, and therapeutic interventions for the Early Intervention and Functional Academics students (at no additional cost). The institute also provides individual therapy support to children with special needs in Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Behavioral Therapy at present.

    Note: Please do not visit without an appointment, as it may disturb the students.

    Details

    • Contact: +974 5538 5687
    • Website: https://hope-qatar.org/
    • Facebook: @HOPEQatar
    • Twitter: @HOPEQatarCenter
    • Location: 2 Maahed Street, Off Mazaare Street, Salata
    • Timings: Saturday to Thursday: 8 am - 4 pm; Friday: closed

    Mind Institute

    Special needs schools and centers in Qatar
    Image credit: Mind Institute

    The Mind Institute is one of Qatar’s premier multidisciplinary special needs clinics for children and adults. This independent center has been licensed by Qatar’s Ministry of Public Health. It has a multi-disciplinary team of 27+ specialized therapists, special educators and shadows, and 35+ partnerships with K-12 schools, and provides the highest standard of care via focused assessment, comprehensive treatment, and individualized therapy plans.

    The Mind Institute specializes in Early Intervention Services, Specific Learning Difficulties, Therapeutic Shadow, Speech and Language Therapy, Oral Placement Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Dysfunction in Sensory Integration, Pediatric Physiotherapy, Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA), Integration Services and Social Skills.

    Details

    • Contact:+974 4418 1968 / +974 3337 7648
    • Website: https://mindinstitutes.com/
    • Instagram: @MindInstituteQa
    • Facebook: @MindInstituteQa
    • Twitter: @MindInstitute2
    • Location: Ain Khaled
    • Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 8 am - 6 pm; Friday and Saturday: closed

    Omega Center for Special Needs Education

    Special needs schools and centers in Qatar
    Image credit: Omega Center for Special Needs Education

    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 Classes, Life Skills and Vocational Training.

    Details

    • Contact: +974 4451 3210 / +974 5563 9713
    • Website: http://www.omegaqatar.org/
    • Instagram: @center_omega
    • Location: Ain Khaled Area, Zone 56, Street No. 329, Building No. 32
    • Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 6:45 am - 4:15 pm; Friday: closed; Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm

    Qatar Autism Center

    Special needs schools and centers in Qatar
    Image credit: Qatar Autism Center

    The Qatar Autism Center is under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and Higher Education and is made up of two spacious villas allocated upon modern international standards for rehabilitation for those with autism, based on their age and condition. The center takes into consideration the appropriate classroom environment for the students and is in compliance with the safety and security standards necessary for children with special needs. The center also has two heated swimming pools and a specialized trainer for swimming and physical activity

    The Qatar Autism Center specializes in Consultancy Services, Rehabilitation Services, Educational Services, Speech and Communication, Skills Development, Academic Sessions, Occupational Therapy and Motor Skills.

      Details

      • Contact: +974 4464 3711 / +974 5565 6805
      • Website: https://qacsn.com/
      • Instagram: @qatarautismcenter
      • Facebook: @qatarautismcenter
      • Location: Zone No. 46, Street No. 841, Al Thumama, Behind Kahramaa Building
      • Timings: Sunday and Monday: 7 am - 7 pm; Tuesday: 7 am - 5 pm; Wednesday and Thursday: 7 am - 7 pm; Friday: closed; Saturday: 8 am - 3 pm

      Qatar Society for the Rehabilitation of People with Special Needs

      Special needs schools and centers in Qatar
      Image credit: Qatar Society for Rehabilitation of Special Needs

      The Qatar Society for the Rehabilitation of People with Special Needs seeks to achieve social, psychological, academic and health rehabilitation for people with disabilities within the community in accordance with the Islamic religion, customs, traditions and culture of Qatari society, The Society does this by taking into account the modernization of services and programs and strives to achieve integrated care for people with special needs. It is constantly developing activities and services to help these people integrate into society with ease.

      Its services include Rehabilitative, Educational, Social, Cultural and Recreational programs and activities like Binding, Carpentry, Agriculture, Porcelain and Gypsum to highlight their creative abilities and talents.

      Details

      • Contact: +974 3000 5056 / +974 3312 4010
      • Website: https://qsrn.org/
      • Instagram: @qsrn_qa
      • Facebook: @qsrsn
      • Twitter: @qsrn
      • Location: Rawdat Al Khail, 40 Al Rawabi Street
      • Timings: Sunday to Wednesday: 8 am - 2 pm; Thursday: 8 am - 12 pm; Friday and Saturday: closed

      Renad Academy

      Special needs schools and centers in Qatar
      Image credit: Qatar Foundation

      Renad Academy 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.

      Details

      • Contact: +974 4454 1974
      • Instagram: @renadacademy_qf
      • Facebook: @RenadAcademyQF
      • Twitter: @RenadAcademyQF
      • Location: Bani Hajer, Zone Number 51, Street Name: 1264, Building Number 16
      • Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 7:30 am - 3 pm; Friday and Saturday: closed

      Shafallah Center

      Special needs schools and centers in Qatar
      Shafallah Center

      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.

      Details

      • Contact: +974 4495 6666​​​​​​​​​​​
      • Website: http://www.shafallah.org.qa/
      • Instagram: @alshafallah
      • Facebook: @alshafallah
      • Twitter: @alshafallah
      • Location: Lusail
      • Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 7 am - 2 pm; Friday and Saturday: closed

      Step by Step Centre for Special Needs

      Step by Step
      Image credit: Step by Step Center for Special Needs

      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.

      They have also recently launched a vocational, functional, and independent living skills program: Pathway to Independence.

      Details

      • Contact: +974 4475 7625 / +974 5592 7376
      • Website: https://www.stepbystepqatar.com/
      • Instagram: @stepbystepqatar
      • Facebook: @stepbystepqatar
      • Location: Nega Sahla Street, Behind Al Waab Petrol Station
      • Timings: Sunday to Thursday: 7 am - 6 pm; Friday: closed; Saturday: 8 am - 12 pm
      *source: napacenter.org
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