The Down’s Syndrome Habilitation Center

Launched in October 2009, the Habilitation Center offers free services at the Association’s headquarters for citizens and residents of all nationalities in UAE. The Center is officially accredited by the UAE Ministry of Social Affairs and Dubai Health Authority.

The objective of the Center

1. To assist people of all ages with Down’s Syndrome by developing their potential and helping them to become self-reliant through the development of their communication skills and movement abilities.

2. Providing people with Down’s Syndrome with the basic constituents that prepare them for academic, social and vocational inclusion.

Target category:

Infants, children, adolescents and adults diagnosed with Down’s Syndrome.


Physiotherapy brochure

Physiotherapy

Physiotherapy for people with Down’s Syndrome is a habilitative service to build muscles, develop bones, improve joint mobility, movement coordination and achievement of basic development milestones such as sitting, crawling and walking.

Primarily, physiotherapy involves a program of various movement, muscle and balance exercises personalized to each individual’s needs. It concentrates on the building of muscles and increasing joint elasticity control joint movement, together with the development of primary movement functions, including for example, walking and running. 

The goals:

1.   Early intervention to prevent muscular and dynamic complications while walking        and moving

2.   Training children in natural movement skills such as sitting, crawling and walking

3.   Building a strong muscle structure to help them in movement and to prevent future stature or muscular problems.

 

Physio habilitation developmental milestones:

 

Stage

Range

Average Range

1

Head-control

3-5 Months

5 Months

2

Rotation

4-12 Months

8 Months

3

Sitting

6-16 Months

9 Months

4

Crawling

8-22 Months

16 Months

5

Standing

12-38 Months

18 Months

6

Walking

13-48 Months

23 Months


Occupational therapy brochure

Occupational Habilitation

 

Occupational habilitation for people with Down’s Syndrome provides the practical support and help they need to conduct their daily life independently including most importantly:

1.   Skills leading to independence including self-care skills, such as eating, dressing, care for general appearance, personal hygiene etc.

2.   Fine motor skills to increase and enhance dexterity for example, the ability to grasp a pencil, or hold and use a toothbrush etc.

3.   Skills related to school performance such as writing, painting and cutting etc

4.   Playing, entertainment and social skills

Occupational habilitation developmental milestones:

 

Stage

Range

Average
Range

1

Concentration and attention

1-3 Years

2 Years

2

Visual–motor coordination

1-3 Years

2 Years

3

Fine muscles strengthen

2-4 years

3 Years

4

Grasping and pencil grasp

2-4 years

3 Years

5

Pre-writing skills

2-4 years

3 Years

 

6

Independent daily living skills

4-6 Years

5 Years

 

 


Speech therapy brochure

Speech Habilitation

Speech and communication are essential life skills that everyone needs. Language abilities can be improved with training and education.

Our therapists assess each individual’s communicative, linguistic abilities and skills from an early age through to the time of social integration. They work over time on developing the ability to communicate verbally and use spoken language. This involves resolving learning problems and solving developmental and academic learning disabilities such as reading and writing with the aim of embedding them in the appropriate mainstream educational stages.

We prepare a dedicated development plan for each individual, which is constantly monitored. Their progress is periodically assessed, using speech and language tests to benchmark their achievement against planned milestones.

Speech habilitation developmental milestones:

 

Stage

Range

Average Range

1

Communication through producing sounds

Birth-24 Months

12 Months

2

Pre- passive vocabulary (cognition – recognition - imitation)

1-3 Years

2 and a half years

3

First word sentence

2-3 Years

1 and a half years

4

Two word sentence

4-5 Years

4 Years

5

Telling a story

6-12 Years

9 Years

6

Acquisition of grammar rules and academic learning 

7-15 Years

11 Years