Special needs kids need love and care

DUBAI — Parents of some children with special needs are not aware of the methods they should adopt in dealing with them, while others often leave their children behind at home with maids who do not understand the needs of such children.

By A Staff Reporter

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Published: Thu 28 Apr 2005, 10:12 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 3:28 PM

Nadia Khalil Al Sayegh, General Manager of ‘The Senses’, a non-profit making home for children with special needs, revealed this at a function organised to honour over 24 companies, establishments and individuals who have been supporting the home in its endeavours. The special needs home was formally inaugurated on April 26 by Dr Ali bin Abdullah Al Kaabi, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs, who also participated in yesterday's function along with Shaikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Director of Lands and Ownership Directorate in Dubai.

The special needs home was established under the patronage of Shaikh Hamdan bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Deputy Ruler of Dubai and UAE Minister of Finance and Industry, with the aim of offering a supportive hand to the special needs children who are in need of real love and care from all sections of society.

"Some parents of special needs children find it very hard to cope with their children, while other parents with financial difficulties can't afford the high expenditure involved in their rehabilitation. We are here to tell parents who would like to travel abroad that we are the right and affordable place where special needs children can stay safely till their return," Nadia said.

Kerry Hackson, Managing Partner of Senses, told Khaleej Times that the special needs home could currently accommodate 12 children aged between 5 and 15 years with various disabilities. The home features six bedrooms, three each for boys and girls, besides a physiotherapy room, speech therapy room, living room, playing room and kitchen, she said, adding that the expenditure for a child living at the home for the entire year works out to Dh40,000.

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