Second international conference on learning difficulties and attention-deficit / hyperactivity disorder to be held

23 Jan 2013

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The Kuwait Association For Learning Differences (KALD)  along with UNDP Kuwait held a press conference today at UN House to mark the occasion of the 2nd International Conference on Learning Difficulties and Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder: Assessment & Intervention.

KALD chairwoman/President of the conference Mrs. Amal Al-Sayer and UNDP officials attended to highlight the global importance of this issue. The press conference outlined the conference’s objectives, its importance, and topics to be discussed at this international event. Jointly, they announced that this event will be held over two days at the American University of Kuwait.

Amal Al Sayer, Chairwoman of KALD/ President of the Conference said about the event: “I’m happy to share with you today the launch of the 2nd International Conference for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Assessment and Intervention which will be held at the American University in Kuwait on the 1st and 2nd of February 2013. The conference aims to achieve three objectives:

  • Provide the parents with information to better understand their children’s needs and deal with them in a positive and constructive way
  • Update academic specialists on the latest developments in the field of learning difficulties
  • Develop the skills of psychologists and other ‘front-line’ professionals working with people with learning disorders

This conference is evidence of our belief In the importance of coordination with different associations and governmental entities since we are united in achieving the same objectives. We serve to effectively provide to those with educational handicaps, in particularly learning difficulties, with empathy, understanding, and compassion.“

Dr Huda Shaaban, Educational Consultant at KALD/ Conference General Coordinator said, “The conference, in its second version, is more specialized and handles two strands: The first strand is dedicated to specialists such as psychiatrists, pediatricians, social workers and psychologists and it focuses on the diagnosis, evaluation, and treatment of learning difficulties and hyperactivity in line with the educational and ethical criteria that govern the evaluation procedure. The second strand addresses teachers, parents, and those interested in this field amongst Kuwait’s universities, as well as students with learning difficulties. The presentations are intended to emphasize the latest teaching strategies, up-to-date academic interventions, and to provide practical techniques for parents to use both at home and in collaboration with teachers."

The conference that is sponsored by The National Kuwait Bank, Viva Telecommunication, Kuwait Petroleum Company, Fatima Clinic, Kuwait Bank Association, and Applied Behavior Center hosts 64 international, regional, and local specialists who represent many leading universities in North America, such as the Harvard Medical School, San Diego University, Lesley University, and regional institutions such as Cairo University, Tanta University (Egypt), King Abdul Aziz and Tabouk Universities (Saudi Arabia), Mostganem and Betana universities (Algeria), Gulf University (Bahrain) and the Lebanese International University (Lebanon).

A number of NGOs operating in the Arab world are also expected to present, including the Charitable Society for Learning Difficulties Saudi Arabia, Yemen Society for Dyslexia, Yemeni Foundation for Special Education and Autism Society, the right to live Association- Palestine, and the Bahraini Foundation for Special Needs, amongst others.

KALD has organized the conference in collaboration with the American University of Kuwait, Fawzia Sultan Educational Company (FAWSEC), and the Middle East Psychological Association (MEPA).

Psychological centers and educational organizations will be given the chance to provide information to the attendees about their services through an exhibition that will be held in the public hall in conjunction with the conference.