Sunday, September 22, 2013

Autism, ADD, and other Special Education Needs: Lecture and Mini-fair, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

I received notification of this event sponsored by the US Consulate in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, on Sunday September 28, 2013, at the International Schools Group Auditorium, Dhahran, and wanted to share it with readers who might be able to attend.

Judging from the information available online, Dr. Heather Applegate is a highly credentialed and experienced clinical expert in childhood developmental, learning, and behavioural disorders and their impact on a child's learning through their formative years.

It seems as if along with the information Dr Applegate will share in her lecture, there is to be a mini-fair, which is usually a good way to find out about various resources available to parents and educators.

I have often received requests for help regarding Saudi and Gulf country education resources for special needs children, and although I still hope to answer these individually, I would encourage those interested to attend this event, and to share their impressions in the comments here. Possibly a post could evolve from them, to facilitate the search for Saudi and Gulf country resources for educating children with very specific types of challenges.

Please note that the REQUIRED online registration deadline is September 26, 2013 at

Below is a copy of the full announcement:

Dr. Heather Applegate

U.S. Consulate General Dhahran

Saturday, September 28, 2013 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM (AST)

U.S. Consulate General Dhahran cordially invites you to attend a lecture on the world of special education with
Dr. Heather Applegate  
Child clinical and school psychologist
Trained in autism, learning disorders, ADHD,
and childhood behavioral disorders
Saturday, September 28, 2013
4:00 - 6:00 pm
at the International Schools Group Auditorium, Dhahran

Following Dr. Applegates's lecture, a special education mini-fair will be held in the auditorium 

For questions, please email:
Casual Attire or National Dress  

Gate will open at 3:15 pm. 
All guests MUST confirm their attendance in advance.
Please bring a Saudi government-issued ID or original passport for verification


Related Posts:
Autism in Saudi Arabia Includes links to a number of online resources, like the Saudi Autistic Society (in Arabic), and others.

Any comments and suggestions about resources special needs children in Saudi Arabia or other GCC, MENA countries are welcome.
If you do attend this event, please share your feedback in the comments here.


Susanne said...

Weird. I was just thinking that I missed seeing posts from you, and then this one appeared! :) Miss you! I hope you are well.

Chiara said...

Thanks for your kind words and wishes, Susanne.

I am still rather slow off the mark medically, and life has interfered with my time otherwise, but I am doing some catching up! :)

Thanks again!

Anonymous said...


Nice to see you Back after so long, wish all the best.

This post came well in time,lately I have been doing a lot of search and correspondence job for my friend, who has a son suffering from autism,this is When I stumbled upon Stem cells therapy for autism it is offered in few countries of course there is made in China also, though what I understood is that, it is still in its experimental stages,and it actually treats certain things that Doctors claim might lead to the treatment of autism or at least extenuates its severity.
But anyhow it is very costly for something experimental and without guaranties, but despair and hope often can shutdown the most clever minds, my friend decided to go for it at the cost of USD 12000 just for one trial.
What I want to say is before someone should fall for such experimental treatments,they must not do it without consulting some very very good Doctor first.


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