Text size:

  • Small
  • Normal
  • Large
The educators Hend Mohammed Ibrahim Lhbaish, left, and Noura Eid al Qubaisi with teaching aids for special-needs children at Ibn Al Nafees Primary Boys School in Fujairah. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National
The educators Hend Mohammed Ibrahim Lhbaish, left, and Noura Eid al Qubaisi with teaching aids for special-needs children at Ibn Al Nafees Primary Boys School in Fujairah. Jeffrey E Biteng / The National

High spirits can be a cry for help, teachers learn

Many children with ADHD are thought to just be badly behaved. A Dubai charity is working with schools to help teachers spot those in need.

FUJAIRAH // Public school teachers in remote areas are being taught to distinguish between naughty children and those who may need help with a hyperactivity disorder.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) goes largely unnoticed as it is mistaken for unruly behaviour, said Hanne al Gurg, the chief executive of Indemaj, a non-profit organisation working with schools in remote areas of the UAE.

"There is very little awareness of causes, symptoms and ways to tackle the disorder in these schools," said Ms al Gurg. "That these schools are also far out means resources and services are few as well."

Indemaj is conducting workshops in 10 schools on how to develop an inclusive environment and cater for students with mixed abilities.

Children with ADHD are often inattentive and overactive, unaware of positive ways to channel energy. It is common, affecting between 3 and 5 per cent of school aged children.

At a session for teachers at the Ibn Al Nafees Primary Boys School in Fujairah last week, Ruba Tabari, an educational psychologist at the Dubai Community Health Centre, told them to exploit the positive aspects of ADHD.

"Pupils with the disorder can be stubborn but that needn't always be a bad thing," Ms Tabari said. "If it is channelled in a way that it leads to a child completing work, then it has proved to be beneficial."

Noura Eid al Qubaisi, a special needs educator at Ibn Al Nafees, said these sessions were important as teachers were not equipped to understand troubled pupils.

"They do not know if a child is agitated it's not intentional. Teachers get frustrated in the classroom and shout," Ms al Qubaisi said. "Instead, they could ask the child to help them in the classroom. It motives them and keeps them calm."

Ms al Qubaisi said the school was trying to tailor learning programmes for each child.

Ms al Gurg said next up there would be training in screening to identify the disorder.

"We also plan to start counselling and awareness sessions for the parents so they can manage their child's disorder effectively at home as well," she said.


Back to the top

More articles

Editor's Picks

 An tenant in the Al Barsha area of Dubai has been sent a non-renewable contract by the landlord. Randi Sokoloff / The National

Dubai landlord refuses to pay back Rera fees after losing rent case

Keren Bobker helps a tenant who wants to know how to reclaim his RERA case fees and who has also been sent a contract with a “one-year nonrenewable” note.

 A customer looks at a large mock-up of videogame console Game Boy.  Yoshikazu Tsuno / AFP Photo

Nintendo’s Game Boy at 25: hand-held legacy lives on

Nintendo’s trailblazing Game Boy marks its 25th anniversary Monday with the portable device’s legacy living on in cutting-edge smartphone games and among legions of nostalgic fans.

 Lewis Hamilton got off to an ideal start in the Mercedes at the Chinese Grand Prix. Cliva Mason / Getty Images

Lewis Hamilton completes dominant victory at Chinese Grand Prix

It is a Mercedes 1-2 as Nico Rosberg finishes in second place with Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso getting a podium place.

 A projectionist takes a break in the projection room at Ariana Cinema in Kabul, Afghanistan. Going to the movies, once banned under the Taliban, has become a popular form of entertainment in Kabul, but women and children rarely take part. All photos by Photo by Jonathan Saruk / Reportage by Getty Images

Afghan cinema: Forbidden Reel

The lights go down and the projector whirls into action as Sher Mohammed, 35, begins his routine, bouncing back and forth between two projectors, winding reels, and adjusting the carbon arc lamps inside the projectors.

 The mother removes the noose with the help of her husband from around the neck of Balal.

In pictures: Mother forgives her son’s killer as he awaited his execution

An Iranian mother spared the life of her son’s convicted murderer with an emotional slap in the face as he awaited execution with the noose around his neck.

 Business class seats inside the Emirates Airbus A380. Chip East / Reuters

In it for the long haul: flying 16 hours with Emirates to LA

Our executive travel reviewer tries out the business class offering on Emirates' longest A380 route - and finds time passing quickly.


To add your event to The National listings, click here

Get the most from The National