Child Guidance Clinic, Sharjah, UAE, was started as an initiative of the Dr. Sunny conglomerate with a vision for the betterment of mental health of children. It is a unique attempt where comprehensive services are provided by a professional team, including specialist psychiatrists, specialist social workers, and psychologists. It is an assessment and diagnostic clinic that caters to children in the play school group (up to 3 years), preschool group (3-6 years), and school-going group (6-17 years).
The Social Workers and Psychologists focus on developmental, behavior, and academic issues. They conduct assessments for children to analyze the concerns of children, find out reasons for the concerns, and strategies to handle and tackle the issues. Each child is given individual attention during the assessments, and it involves paper-pencil work, activities, interviewing, observation, etc. The time taken by children to complete assessments depends upon the age, motivation, and pace of the individual child. The goal of an assessment for a parent would be obtaining a clear picture of the reasons for the child’s difficulties, his/her abilities, and ways to improve functioning and hence performance. (More details can be procured by speaking to the staff). After the completion of Assessments, an intensive counseling session is conducted for the parents and children (separately and if they are mature enough). Details of the Assessments are divulged to the parents with a focus on the remedies to the issues, including behavior and academic management, which most parents can manage at home. For those children who need intensive help, the parents are assisted to locate a professional speech therapist, behavior therapist, or a special educator for continued support. Our assessment reports are accepted by the UAE Ministry of Education, most schools, as well as other education boards (CBSE and ICSE). CGC also liaisons with schools (including teachers and counselors) to help these affected children survive in a school setting.
Outreach programs CGC has the conviction that teachers are the best diagnosticians, and often the decision makers to create a supportive environment in school for the child. It is an ideal situation if the counselors and teachers work in tandem. As part of its awareness drive, outreach programs are conducted for teachers, counselors, special educators, and professionals in allied fields.