On 7 April 2016, the Princess Basma Center participated at a conference organized by Al-Najah Child Institute (part of Al-Najah University) under the title: “Autism Spectrum Disorder, Evidence Based Practices in Palestine”. The conference aimed at raising awareness among practitioners and experts in the field on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
The organizers of the conference invited the Princess Basma Center (PBC) to share their expertise in Autism and services provided by the Autism Unit.
PBC started its Autism service since 2011 and which includes rehabilitation treatment as well as education for children with ASD. The Center provides rehabilitation services to an average of 45 children with Autism from the West Bank every year and a full rehabilitation and education combined service all year long to 16 children with ASD from the Jerusalem area.
The audience was interested in the milestones achieved by the Autism Unit; especially the mainstreaming of four children with ASD in mainstream classes in the Inclusive School run by PBC. Special attention was given to the multi-disciplinary approach that PBC applies in its work and the inclusion of the family in the treatment process.
The organizers of the conference also acknowledged PBC’s achievement in acquiring the accreditation by the Joint Commission International (JCI).
The participating team consisted of the Rehabilitation Program Director, Ms Randa Alami, the Medical Director, Dr. Waddah Malhees, and Ms. Iman Ghosheh, the Clinical Coordinator and Autism Unit facilitator at the Princess Basma Center.