1st Annual Autism Outreach and Training Conference

January 16/17, 2015 at the Four Seasons Hotel, Doha 

Child Development Center successfully hosted the First Annual Autism Outreach and Training Conference in 2015. A special thank you to our Silver Sponsor, Salam International, for their generous support!


This conference was designed to provide comprehensive, evidence-based information to assist professionals, educators, and families with the tools necessary to support individuals with ASD and related disorders. It focused on addressing real-life situations faced by those who work directly with these individuals. A panel of international experts presented strategies that exemplify best and most current global practices.


Distinguished Guest Speakers:


Keynote Speaker:

  • Dr. Stephen Shore, Professor, Author, Advocate.

(Full biography and publications available here)

  • Dr. Mohammad Al-Attrash, BCBA-D, Director of Psychological and Family Services, Shafallah Center for Children with Special Needs 
  • Ms. Tiffany Dubuc, BCBA, Behavioral Therapist, New England Center for Children-Abu Dhabi 
  • Ms. April Gouldsbrough, Autism  Specialist, Awsaj Academy 
  • Dr. Madeeha Kamal, Department of Pediatrics, Hamad Medical Corporation 
  • Dr. Biji Philip, Speech-Language Pathologist, Awsaj Academy 
  • Dr. Adrienne Robek, BCBA-D, Clinical Director, Child Development Center


  • Sensory Integration
  • Comparative Approaches
  • Co-morbid Diagnosis
  • Inclusive Model at Schools

Registration information:

The conference was geared towards professionals in Qatar as well as the Middle East region who interact with autistic children. This includes but is not limited to: education (teachers, administration, counselors), healthcare (pediatricians, therapists), and specialists in the fields of OT, SLP, PT, and ABA. There were over 100 registrants.