“What makes gaming as a normal social past time cross over into something akin to addiction would the young person needing more and more of the gaming behavior to keep them going and when it becomes impulsive.” – Razmin Shah
“Claire (Whitehead) – As a rule of thumb, if the child is not talking or has minimal interaction by the age of two years, parents should seek the opinion of a professional.”
“…too little sleep will affect a child’s concentration, memory and accuracy and there, negatively impact performance.” – Esra Uzsayilir
“Dr Adrian Harrison is a psychologist at kidsFIRST Medical Center in Khalifa City. He says a little bit of staging can go a long way to easing your little one into school life.”
“Parents, educators and health professionals need to be aware of and knowledgeable about the conversations and concerns that children are having.”
Video (in Arabic) about the importance of play for children’s development from kidsFIRST Speech and Language Therapist, Souad Mouawad, with Omo Arabia.
Dr Amy Bailey, a clinical psychologist in Dubai, explains that these gender-stereotypical parenting practices arise because people have a desire for their children to fit in and be accepted in society.
Dr Sonia Singhal, a psychologist at Family First Medical Centre in Dubai, said: “A parent’s depression can have a significant negative impact on a child’s emotional, behavioural, academic and social development.
Javier Arguello, Founder and Executive Director of COGx, talks about the latest buzzword in teaching – STEMpathy. He says schools must teach both science…
James Mullan, Co-Founder of WhichSchoolAdvisor and SchoolsCompared, and Cheryl Pickering, Head of Schools at KidsFirst, are back to talk about special needs in schools.
Adolescence can be an extremely tumultuous period for children and parents. Often, it can feel like your once loving and affectionate child suddenly wants nothing to do with you.
The UAE is home to a diverse population of around 202 nationalities, giving it a varied cultural and linguistic landscape. Within this context, educators and psychologists are faced with the challenge of…
Association for Play Therapy has defined play therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process where trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play…”
Arecent government report into children‟s mental health and well-being (2015) showed that 1 in 8 children aged 10-15 report symptoms of mental ill-health.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a well-known therapy with a scientific evidence base that supports its use in a wide range of psychological disorders that are evident along the life.
Working as a behavioural therapist with young families and adoption families, often behaviour and developmental difficulties are related to early attachment experiences.
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) continues to be a much-debated construct. An ever increasing body of re-search has divided clinicians into two camps…
The UAE Psychologist: “What 3 key words should be considered in a definition of the work of a Child psychology?” Dr. Amy Bailey: “I’d say: Child-centred, evidence-based, systemic practice.”
“A child who experiences physical abuse is likely to experience the world as an unsafe place which can cause them anxiety,” said clinical psychologist Amy Bailey, Head of Psychology at kidsFIRST Medical Center in Dubai.
“Educators from Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah gathered this week to share their experiences and expertise in teaching children with special needs and learning difficulties.”
When asked how the person being bullied should react, Singhal said: “Although it may be difficult not to respond or retaliate, it is always better to ignore cyberbullying. A cyberbully is looking for attention and giving them a response only feeds this need and makes them feel more powerful.
Video (in English with Arabic subtitles) about the importance of physical activity and movement for children from kidsFIRST Founder, Nannette Wicker-Essick, with Omo Arabia.
Video (in Arabic with English subtitles) about the importance of physical activity and movement for children from kidsFIRST trainer, Leila Mikhael, with Omo Arabia.
Nannette Wicker-Essick, occupational therapist and executive director/founder of kidsFirst in Dubai, agrees that children with dyspraxia are misunderstood. “Teachers may feel the child is not meeting their potential in the classroom,”
Video (in Arabic with English subtitles) about the importance of play children’s development from kidsFIRST Speech and Language Therapist, Souad Mouawad, with Omo Arabia.
Video (in English with Arabic subtitles) on the impact of gadgets on children’s development from kidsFIRST Physiotherapist, Nishad Sayyed, with Omo Arabia.
Video (in Arabic with English subtitles) about the role of parents in encouraging spots from kidsFIRST trainer, Leila Mikhael, with Omo Arabia.
Video (in English with Arabic subtitles) on the impact of gadgets on children’s development from kidsFIRST clinical psychologist, Dr Amy Bailey, with Omo Arabia.
Dr Amy Bailey, a clinical psychologist in Dubai, told Gulf News: “Participation in physical activity is important for all individuals regardless of age. Research has shown that when you exercise…”
In many children, specific learning difficulties go undetected during their early formative years when they are still learning to read and written language output is limited.