Special Needs Dedicated School
Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs
The Centre opened in 1981, with only eight children. It now serves special needs children of different nationalities, and can accommodate up to 300 children at its purpose-built facility which opened in 2007 and was generously donated by His Highness Sheikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai and made possible through the benefaction of HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.
Al Noor Training Centre is located in Al Barsha, behind Mall of the Emirates, location map available on the school website at http://alnoorspneeds.ae/?page_id=116
Who runs the school?
The Centre runs under the auspices of the Ministry of Social Affairs. An appointed Board of Governors formulates policies which are then implemented by the Director of the Centre.
What is the school’s philosophy?
To provide all individuals with special needs, regardless of background, the same opportunity through professional training and care to realize their potential and integrate into the wider community.
What facilities does the school offer?
Department of Psychology and Social Work
This department offers assessments of children for their respective placements after admission and for further academic and vocational placements. It also offers support for crisis management of behaviour, parental training related to behavioural intervention at home and social skill and self-esteem training for children.
Department of Occupational Therapy
Where students are trained to develop Self help skills, Cognitive perceptual skills, Fine motor skills, Sensory integration skills and Personal social skills
Department of Physiotherapy
Where children are trained to develop their gross motor skills in achieving functional independence and developing milestones, in ensuring appropriate seating and positioning of children and in improving mobility
Individualized Intervention Programme
Implemented from 3pm to 5pm and offers comprehensive services including Special Education, Occupational Therapy, Clinical Psychology and a Seating Clinic. It is helpful for children who require early intervention, children from mainstream schools who require remedial intervention, children who require intellectual/educational or personality and behavioural assessments, or screening for ADHD, Autisum, Asperger’s and Dyslexia, for adolescents who require counseling and for parents who require counseling to cope with the challenging behaviour of their children.
Provides support to children diagnosed under Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) in the following areas: communication, behaviour management, independent task completion and social skills.
Vocational Training Unit
This unit trains students in comprehensive task-related work behaviour in the areas of Carpentry, Sewing, Screen printing and in Bakery
Al Noor offers a Primary Unit, for children between the ages of three and eight. The unit focuses on pre-academic concepts, social and communication skills and adaptive skill training including eating skills and using the toilet.
The Junior Unit consists of children between the ages of 9 and 14, with a strong emphasis on learning to communicate, developing conceptual and academic skills and promoting play and social skills.
The Special Care Unit serves multiply challenged children between the ages of 4 and 18. This is for children with profound physical disabilities, multi-sensory impairments, severe developmental disorders and complex communication needs.
These units cater to young girls and boys between the ages of 14 and 18, and focuses on maintaining acquire academic, communication and adaptive skills along with developing functional skills in areas such as house craft, self-awareness, community orientation and personal welfare
This department provides a number of vocational and community oriented courses besides general and academic courses. Al Noor is a Special Accredited Institution for Education of the Disadvantaged for NIOS and is the only special needs school outside India to be accredited by NIOS. Students obtaining the NIOS Secondary Course Certificate are assessed and placed using criteria specifically developed for work placement.
The Centre offers admission to children with all disabilities from the ages of three to 18. The process involves
• Tour of the Centre
• Submission of required documents
• Admission assessments by Psychologist, Occupational Therapist, Pediatrician, Neurologist, Audiologist and Ophthalmologist
• Meeting with Social Worker for intake of case history
• Report discussion of the assessments
• Meeting with Director and Programme Coordinator
• Admission and placement in the classroom
• Recommendations for appropriate classroom seating made by Physical Therapist