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dyslexia-dubaiTrevor is a pre-schooler who can’t quite learn his letters, confuses his colours and shapes, and has difficulty learning nursery rhymes. Trevor becomes the primary school child who can’t match sounds to letters, misinterprets instructions, and has difficulty with word building. He enters middle school and has difficulty with reading comprehension, his written stories are brief with letter-sound confusions, and he shows difficulty with task completion.

Family members wonder… “Maybe Trevor just needs more practice.” “Maybe he will outgrow it.” “Maybe a different school or curriculum would make things easier.” Trevor tries, but it is not enough.

As Trevor experiences increased anxiety and frustration about schoolwork, so does the gap in his learning process. Trevor’s scenario spells HELP!

As we enter the new school year, there are children bursting with excitement to meet their new teachers, sorting their stationery, organizing their desks – ready for challenges. There is also another group of children, the Trevors, who feel anxious, resistant and very unsure by the thought of returning to school and climbing the next academic Everest. Read more

Aspergers1-638x358As an author of six books on Asperger Syndrome, it is natural that I am asked by friends and acquaintances, and complete strangers who found my name on the web, how well Dubai caters for those on the autistic spectrum and for special needs generally. Unfortunately, in the past, I was unable to give an informed answer. My children left Dubai schooling years ago, and I had not set foot in a special needs centre in Dubai in a very long time. However, I do know that when I last looked, about six years ago, there were a few very dedicated overworked people, struggling on limited resources, who tried their best to cope with the ever increasing number of autistic and special needs children and adults living in, and coming to, Dubai. Many families were forced to leave Dubai to get expert help. I would have said, back then, that Dubai as a whole did not cater all that well for special needs.

This all changed when the staff of Kinokuniya, that huge bookstore in the Dubai Mall, approached my UK publisher, Jessica Kingsley Publishers, at the London Book Fair. Kinokuniya wanted to give back to the Dubai community by helping to highlight Autism Read more

ask louiseQuestionI was wondering if you’ve heard about Pulse listening centre? My son has some learning difficulties and I went there for a test. They advised me to make him listening therapy that sounds good but is very expensive. So do you know people who already undertook such a therapy, does it really work and worth the money spent? Read more

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