Day 3. Afternoon
15.30 - 17.00 / 29 April 2024
Lecture Hall 4
Adolescence and Autism - Challenges, Mother's Experiences, and Some Solutions
Dr. Chafica Gharbieh

Education specializing in autism, Behavioral analysis, and language, UK &Professor at the Lebanese International University (LIU), President and founder of ALI for ABA, Licensed in music therapy and auditory integration (TLP)
PhD Psychology


يدير الجلسة:
د.شفيقة منصور غربية: دكتوراة في التعليم المتخصص للتوحد والتحليل السلوكي واللغة، المملكة المتحدة، وأستاذ في الجامعة اللبنانية الدولية (LIU)، رئيس ومؤسس مركز ALI for ABA، مرخصة في العلاج بالموسيقى والتكامل السمعي (TLP)

Mai El Dahan
Media specialist in radio and digital media, founder of "Autism Diaries" page on social media, and host of the "Ana Huna" podcast to raise autism awareness in the Middle East, an Egyptian mother to a 16-year-old with autism.
Certified Applied Behavioral Analyst and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) therapist - Special Education, Master's in Educational Administration, founder of a Facebook page for raising awareness and acceptance of differences among individuals with autism spectrum disorder and other disorders, and co-founder of the "My Son's Rights" campaign in Jordan advocating for the implementation of the Disability Rights Law - a mother to a 22-year-old currently preparing to enter the workforce and a skilled pianist.
Faten Marashli
Consultant Hematopathologist, Head of Rashid Hospital laboratories Dubai Health and mother of a teenager living with ASD attending an integrated school in Dubai.
Dr. Rania Medhat Salim
Adolescence can be an extremely tough time for individuals on the autism spectrum. Sensory and emotional challenges, repetitive behaviors, and social skill deficits can make it difficult for them to adjust as they mature sexually, become more interested in forming friendships and relationships, in addition to their inability to understand and process the physical changes happening in their bodies. However, there is insufficient research and a lack of attention from members of the scientific community with regards to this developmental transition point in the lives of autisitc individuals and the biological changes that accompany it. A group of mothers of autistic teenagers share their experiences and insights about dealing with this sensitive stage in their children's lives.
  • Parents
  • Сaregivers
  • Healthcare professionals
  • Doctors
For whom:
What we will learn:
  1. How to prepare a child with autism for adolescence and its challenges.
  2. What are the major physical challenges we face during adolescence with young individuals with autism?
  3. What are the emotional issues that accompany autistic adolescence?
  4. How to teach hygiene, self-care, and safety during adolescence?
  5. The importance of forming friendships and engaging in physical activities during this stage.
  6. Dealing with bullying during adolescence.
  7. Support required from various entities including specialists, schools, and the community as a whole.
with Mothers:

Dr. Ruba Bitar
Pharmaceutical Doctor and Founder of Wonders for Education and Mainstreaming kids of Determination in Schools.Mother of a teenager boy with Autism who was non-verbal, used her expertise in pharmacy, herbs, and natural remedies to help him with focus and speech.
The workshop will be held as the part of conference program.
XII International Research and Practice Conference
“Autism. Challenges and Solutions"