Conference Autism Education Conference 2017

Open to the Public


Time 8:30am - 5:00pm

Location NYU Abu Dhabi Campus Center (C2), West Forum

Registration is now closed.

The 3rd annual Autism Education Conference at NYU Abu Dhabi brings together families touched by autism, leading professionals in the field, special educators and volunteers involved with the local autism community. This free and engaging forum will provide shared value and opportunities for all stakeholders involved to network and collaborate for a common cause.

Organizing partner organizations are Autism Support Network - Abu Dhabi (ASN) and Goals UAE.

About NYU Abu Dhabi's Autism Educational Awareness Month

NYU Abu Dhabi organizes an annual month-long Autism educational awareness campaign in April, hosting several events to highlight the need for increased acceptance and education around autism, which sees high prevalence rates in the UAE. This will be our third year hosting our Autism Education Conference and joining the global campaign "Light It Up Blue" by turning the exterior of the campus dome blue in recognition of Autism Awareness Month worldwide.

For more information on our programs, please email nyuad.community.outreach@nyu.edu.

Hosted by

Office of Community Outreach NYUAD


Registration and Breakfast


Autism Diagnosis — A Neurodevelopmental Perspective
Dr. Binu George, Consultant General Paediatric and Neurodisability Paediatrician

This session will try to improve the understanding of features of Autism by linking them to neurodevelopmental concepts. Discussions topics include autism diagnostic criteria, tools and medical and non-medical co-morbidities associated with autism.

* This session is best for all audiences.

  • 11:30am-12:15pm Youth Talent Club: A Pathway to Improving Psychosocial Well-being
    SEDRA Foundation

    This session will discuss how well-being can be achieved in the context of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) in relation to the development of the Youth Talent Club and the lessons learned. This workshop-style session will also convey ways in which well-being activities can be integrated into daily lives.

    *This session is best for educators, social workers and practitioners.

  • 11:30am-12:15pm Sleep Workshop
    Dr. Jonathan Seaver, The New England Center for Children- Abu Dhabi (NECC)

    This session will explore the treatment of sleep issues for individuals with Autism.

    *This session is best for parents of young children and medical practitioners.
12:15-1:30pmNetworking Lunch
  • 1:30-3pm Building Interaction and Language Skills for Children with ASD
    Eleni Kotta, Speech and Language Therapist

    This session will address early intervention training needs for parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) using the More Than Words (MTW) parent training program through the Hanen Center. Parents will learn more about some of the things that influence their child’s communication.

    *This session is best for parents of young children.

  • 1:30-3pm Language and social communication skills of children and adolescents with high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome.
    Dr. Saleh Shaalan, PhD, CCC-SLP, SLP(C)
    Director of Speech & Language Services, The New England Center for Children- Abu Dhabi (NECC)

    This workshop covers the basic characteristics of language and social communication skills of children and adolescents with high-functioning autism and Asperger syndrome. This workshop is recommended for parents of children who have good basic communication skills, but face difficulties in the domain of social communication and advanced language skills. Participants and presenter will share insights on some strategies to enhance the communication skills of these individuals.

    *This session is best for parents of older children.
  • 3-4pm Building Impactful Educational Collaborations for Autism
    Suparna Mathur, Associate Director of Community Outreach at NYU Abu Dhabi
    Sally Oh, Student Service Leader at NYU Abu Dhabi

    Using their own experience as a case study, NYUAD Office of Community Outreach and student leaders will be sharing how the educational community can actively and meaningfully engage to support the autism community.

    *This session is best for students and faculty of education institutions who are interested in building volunteer programs and initiatives in line with the UAE Year of Giving.

  • 3-4pm Social Skills Interactive Workshop
    Khawla Barley, Founder of Goals UAE

    This session is designed to help parents and caregivers learn to promote communication and social skills in children with Autism. Discussion emphasis will be on detailed planning and execution of appropriate playdates and community outings to support social skill development.

    *This session is best for parents and caregivers.
  • 4-5pm Not Just About Sitting Still: Mindfulness for Everyone
    Anna Kaminski, Mindful Educator and Mental Health Professional

    This session is an introduction to secular, science-based mindfulness: discussing reasons for its popularity and evidences of effectiveness. Easy-to-apply practices will be demonstrated and tips on benefitting from them will be provided and practiced together in this workshop-style session.

*This session is best for families and social workers.

  • 4-5pm The Picture This Journey
    Azza Al Qubaisi, Artist
    Khawla Barley, Founder of Goals UAE

    Picture This, a collaborative initiative of Emirati artist Azza Al Qubaisi, Goals UAE and ADMAF, is an art project that serves to engage the whole of the autism community. The vision and journey of this project, March workshops and resulting artwork will be shared in this session.

    *This session is best for all audiences.