Two Abu Dhabi mothers have taken extra-curricular activities for autistic children into their own handsTwo mums have launched a new after school club for autistic children.One in 50 children in the UAE are autistic, and diagnoses are on the rise. While the developmental disability affects children differently, many struggle to interact. Khawla Barley’s seven-year-old son, Abdulla, was diagnosed aged two. She says, “Abdulla’s doing well academically in a mainstream school. But socially he has challenges, as he finds it difficult relating to other kids. I can’t just drop him off at an after school activity – he needs special attention.“There is a huge gap in the extra-curricular activity market for autistic kids. The UAE sometimes has one-off events for kids with special needs, but nothing long-term.”Learn more
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