Speech, language, and motor skills. These are three fundamentals that we learn within the first few years of our lives. As a Communication Sciences and Disorders major here at Ohio University, I tend to think a lot about these types of potential issues and how they affect people around the globe.
As a CSD major, I mainly learn about the speech therapy profession. If people need these services and don’t have access to them, they can have a challenging life depending on their specific problem. This got me thinking specifically about the Middle East and wondering if they have access to these privileges that we tend to take for granted here in the United States. The program in the Middle East is called AlphaVista.
There is officially an office set up in Dubai and it connects with the entire Middle East to help with these different therapies. They have experts in speech therapy, physical therapy and occupational therapy. They also have well-informed consultants to help with a variety of issues. They help schools setup a system for special education students, which also provides a greater therapy outcome, and it helps to bring in better technology based solutions to help with the best possible delivery of the special education programs.
School Programs for the Better
This organization will partner with schools throughout the Middle East to try to detect developmental disorders when a child is young in order to have a better chance of preventing it or to at least make it better. They assess these disorders in terms of speech therapy, cognitively, psychologically, nutritional well-being and physical health.
Special Education Training
Alpha Vista will have on-site training and webinar programs that will help teachers in the school systems provide the appropriate screening and assessment for the students with special needs.
I think that this is such an amazing program because it gives people in the Middle East a chance to have access to some opportunities that they might not otherwise have access to. After studying CSD for two years, and having some personal experience in this subject, this is something that I feel very strongly towards. I have a little sister who has needed speech therapy, occupational therapy, and physical therapy. Without those opportunities, I don’t know where she would be today. Those privileges have helped her immensely and are definitely something that everyone should have chance to try out. What do you think?