Wed 06-10-2021 18:13 PM
ABU DHABI, October 6, 2021 (WAM) – As part of the latest Bridges of Hope initiative, the Zayed Higher Organization (ZHO) for Determined Persons delivered three days of specialized training to six participants in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in cooperation with the Crown Prince Foundation, September 20-22.
Certified trainers from ZHO provided the training and delivered the course content to equip the trainees with the skills necessary to best support the parents of determined people in the Kingdom.
The program was organized to implement the terms of the joint Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the two entities to empower determined people and promote their social inclusion. It also aims to create a sustainable society for determined people, based on the social responsibilities of the entities, ensuring the transfer of knowledge and support from the entities and their specialized employees to the parents and families of determined people at every opportunity. .
The program included three workshops, the first of which focused on the education and training of people with intellectual disabilities during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). The workshops clarified the instructions for dealing with determined people with regard to physical, cognitive, emotional and social characteristics. The training course also detailed the implementation of education and training programs for people with intellectual disabilities by family members at home during the pandemic through specialized programs and means, be they of training programs or levels.
Zainab Azeem, senior specialist teacher at the organization, said the second workshop focused on chronic disorders of childhood and adolescence. “The workshop presented issues that children can experience from childhood to adolescence. The repetition of the behavior can lead to habitual behavior that can be engaged unconsciously by the child. An example of such a habit in children and adults is biting their nails. These habits can develop until they become obsessive and can harm the child psychologically and physically and stay with the child even into adulthood, ”she noted.
The third workshop, entitled “Teach me to communicate”, was presented by the specialist teacher Sheikha Salem Al Kaabi. “The workshop covered communication skills through pictures using the PECS program, which is an effective set of alternative and supportive communication interventions for people with autism spectrum disorders, as well as for those with intellectual disabilities. The PECS communication system does not require a complex or expensive communication system. and trainees have learned to prepare content appropriate to the age of the PECS user. different stages of PECS and how to move from one stage to another successfully, ”she said.
WAM / Esraa Ismail / MOHD AAMIR