UMM AL QUWAIN: A year ago, Sheikh Hamad bin Abdulaziz Al Mualla went public about his struggle with dyslexia in an article in The National. Now, the 29-year-old has decided to set up a clinic to help youngsters overcome the condition.
More parents in the UAE are seeking professional help for their troubled teenagers according to a leading Dubai clinical psychologist.
Though recent international and local research points to a rise in the number of teenagers suffering from stress, many of them are not aware of the impact it can have on their long-term mental wellbeing, according to Dubai-based multi-disciplinary consultancy Ebdaah.
Parents need to talk more to their teenage children if they are to help them avoid stress and mental ailments which is becoming increasingly prevalent in today’s highly digitalised and instant gratification world, according to Dubai-based multi-disciplinary consultancy Ebdaah.
A ground-breaking seminar in Dubai next month (November) aims to improve the mental health and emotional wellbeing of the UAE’s teenagers as evidence emerges from the UK that today’s lifestyles are increasingly putting adolescents at risk of depression and anxiety.
Dr Madeleine Portwood, consultant psychologist at Dubai-based specialist training and capacity building consultancy Ebdaah, says parents need to make sure time spent on gadgets remains a treat during the holidays, rather than becoming the mainstay of a child’s day.
UAE parents could be being short-changed on their child’s development needs if they select nurseries which don’t have a well-thought-out Under-5s’ curriculum or dedicated development professionals on staff, according to Dubai-based specialist training and capacity building consultancy Ebdaah.
Chris Huntley, head of special needs for the consultancy Ebdaah, works with teachers and assistants to look for “red flags” in a child’s behaviour that may point toward dyslexia. “It is a big issue.