What's Happening at CDC

 Fall Workshop Series:


Managing and Making Sense of  Challenging Behavior  

In November of 2017, Carole McGuinness presented a series of workshops targeting specific age groups and provide practical tips of how to manage challenging behavior. The workshops had practical tips and an extended question-and-answer session.  Click here for details.


Practical Strategies for Parents and Caregivers

Carole McGuinness presented three workshops for parents and caregivers discussing tips and techniques  one can apply to improve one's everyday life  as well as face challenges including sleeping, toileting, problem behavior, and  tantrums. Attendees learnt about red flags and how to encourage language development. 


WISE Autism Panel Report 2017

This research report was commissioned by the World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), an initiative of the Qatar Foundation, to address how to strengthen the education pillar of the Qatar National Autism Plan 2017-2021 and to examine how Qatar can best meet the educational needs of pupils with autism. CDC staff and parents are proud to have participated in this report as a focus group. 

WISE Autism Report in English
RR.8.2017 AutismReport (English).pdf
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WISE Autism Report in Arabic
RR.8.2017 Autism Report (Arabic).pdf
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QMA Team Training

We hosted Qatar Museum Authority Learning and Outreach team members to observe and participate during a multi-modal teaching session incorporating music, movement and art! This exemplifies our commitment to inclusion and training for professionals to learn best practices from our qualified staff. Increasing community engagement and integration is always a goal at CDC.

Springer Encyclopedia of Autism: Qatar

Dr. Fouad Al Shaban of QBRI authored the entry for Qatar which is one of 50 entries worldwide, and the paper highlights CDC's program within the categories of "treatments and centers" as well as "professional training".
Qatar and Autism Published.pdf
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Accessibility in Qatar

Continuing to promote awareness about accessibility, Sasol, the international integrated chemicals and energy company, partnered with the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) to deliver Accessibility Awareness and Auditor Training to the SC’s Accessibility Forum members on Oct. 15, 2017 including our Marketing & Outreach Manager.

Sensory Garden by Turner and Townsend

Turner and Townsend, an international professional services company from the UK, helped us build a Sensory Garden as part of their community outreach! Sensory gardens provide a fantastic opportunity for children to experience nature first-hand. We are extremely grateful to the volunteers for their time and donation in helping us to assemble various beds, where we hope to grow flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables. 

Highlights from Autism Awareness Month - April 2017

Dr. Carbone visits CDC

On Feb. 26th, 2017 Dr. Vincent Carbone spent the morning visiting Child Development Center. He spoke extensively to the staff and explored the program and therapy plans in detail. 

3rd Annual Autism Outreach and Training Symposium

160 attendees, 7 local presenters, and Dr. Carbone! Our 3rd Annual Autism Outreach and Training Symposium was a resounding success!


Thank you to the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy for their sponsorship; as well as our partner organizations: Clyde and Co., Standards for Translation, and Sensory Souk

Media Coverage of the Symposium:

Qatar Tribune 

Peninsula Qatar

Gulf Times


Arabic coverage

WISH Autism Forum 2016

Qatar Foundation’s World Innovation Summit for Health (WISH) hosted a forum in November 2016 on Autism.  This must-read report provides a comprehensive overview of global trends in ASD, and provides three overarching policy recommendations to improve the support for children with ASD, their families, and their communities. It also highlights the critical need for collaboration between health, education, and social sectors as well as the pressing need for evidence-based therapies. The Chair of this forum, Dr. Kerim Munir; and the Deputy Chair, Dr. Muhammad Waqar Azeem; visited CDC on April 18, 2016 along with co-authors Tara Lavelle and David Helm. We are honored to have contributed to this amazing effort. 

Autism: A Global Framework for Action
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(Arabic) Autism: A Global Framework for Action
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In the news

Congratulations to our friend, supporter, and keynote speaker for our first conference: Dr. Stephen Shore on his appointment as a Board Member of Autism Speaks, the world's leading autism science and advocacy organization. Click here for the full article.