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JISH 19 th Annual Scientific Symposium on Communication Disorders

JISH in collaboration with the Saudi Society for Speech Pathology & Audiology SSSPA, organized its 19 th Annual Symposium on Communication Disorders on Saturday 14 th April 2018, with lectures and workshops on topics related to speech, language and audiology, presented by JISH therapists, and specialists from renowned universities and clinics in Saudi Arabia.

Symposium was accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties as continuing education activity.

Workshop: Stuttering: An Integrated Approach to Assessment & Treatment

JISH team attended this specialized workshop organized by the Saudi Society for Speech Pathology & Audiology on 28-29 November held at Dar Al Hekma University. The workshop was presented by Barry Guitar & Goncalo Leal.

The 5 th Scientific Club Meeting

The Saudi Society for Speech Language Pathology & Audiology SSSPA, held its 5 th Scientific Club Meeting on 8 th November at JISH. Several case studies and article discussion were presented by JISH therapist Mrs. Halah Abu Liyah and Dr. Nisreen Naita, Audiology Consultant at King Faisal Specialist Hospital in Jeddah.

International Stuttering Awareness Day

JISH organized a special meeting on this occasion on Monday 22 October 2018, where clients with stuttering disorder talked to audience about their experience with stuttering and their journey towards treatment and recovery. Parents and families attended this event.

JISH Clinician Gets International Certification in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

In February 2011, Ms. Sanaa Ibrahim has successfully become the first Baord Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in the Kingdom-BCaBA®. Ms. Sanaa enrolled in a series of ABA courses at the Florida Institute of Technology, USA, and was awarded this certification after passing the final examination and finishing the required supervision hours at JISH by our Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

JISH Holds Its 11th Annual Symposium on Communication Disorder

JISH is organizing the 11th Annual Communication Disorders Symposium on Thursday 13th May 2010, in co operation with Howard University, Washington D.C. The symposium will focus on teaching attendees the practical skills for evaluating and treating persons with communication disorders and children with Autism Spectrum. It will include six scientific workshops presented by key speakers from Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Canada and United States of America. The symposium activities are accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties as continuing education activities for professionals. The workshops are also accredited by the American Speech-Language & Hearing Association (ASHA) as professional continuing education activity.

Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussein Award for Special Education

Mr. Abdulrahman Mohamed Naqawa, M.A. CCC-SLP Clinical Supervisor Speech Language Pathologist and Head of Clinical Material Development Unit at The Jeddah Institute for Speech and Hearing (JISH), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia was awarded The Princess Haya Award for Special Education for "Outstanding Speech Therapist" and for " Employee of the Year".

The ceremony took place at The Mina Al Salam Hotel, in Dubai on Monday 12th April 2010 and was attended by delegates from centers and organizations devoted to providing services to children with special needs in the Middle East.

About the Award:

The Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussein Award for Special Education aims to honor excellence in special needs practices in order to enhance overall services and performance in the area of special needs. It hopes to encourage creativity and excellence as well as acknowledge the role of special needs educators, therapists, management, caregivers and parents.

The Mission of The Princess Haya Bint Al-Hussein Award:

Provide best practices in educating and rehabilitating special needs individuals according to international standards and distinguished quality programs that ensure practical and successful results;create a competitive and qualified environment that is capable of advancing and sustaining future services

Autism Series for Speech Language Pathologist

Venue: The Jeddah Institute for Speech and Hearing (JISH), Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Date: 26th February 2010 through to 3 March 2010 
Presenter: Deborah Arin, M.S. CCC-SLP, Speech Language Pathologist/Autism Specialist

This workshop/ training was a six-day activity that included a series of lectures and hands-on clinical training specifically directed to Speech Language Pathologists working with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

The theoretical component of the training layed out the foundation for working with children with autism spectrum disorders, including assessment, different therapeutic approaches, the use of reinforcements and social skills development.

This training activity was awarded up to 4.0 Continuing Education Units by The American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA).

JISH Clinician Graduates with M.Sc. in Behavior Analysis from the USA

In June 2009, Ms. Cherine Basfar, one of JISH's clinicians, graduated from Simmons College, Boston, MA in the United States of America, with a Master's Degree in Behavior Analysis. Ms. Basfar was awarded a JISH scholarship to this two-year accredited program. Additionally, while there, Ms. Basfar received her Board Certification in Behavior Analysis (BCBA®). She returned to JISH and started her work in the Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic .

The Women's Cultural Forum in Jeddah Award for Community Service

The Women's Cultural Forum in Jeddah presented a special award to Mrs. Sultana Alireza-Zahid, JISH's Chief Executive Director, for the role of JISH in serving the community. The ceremony was held on 9 March 2009 and was attended by prominent businesswomen and leading charitable and community service ladies in Jeddah.

JISH Clinical Competency Program

After two years of intensive academic and clinical work at the Jeddah Institute for Speech and Hearing, JISH is proud to announce the successful completion of all the requirements of the JISH Clinical Competency Certification Program (JCCCP) by three of the Speech Language Pathologists at JISH. In a small ceremony, JISH celebrated the graduation of Mr. Mutasem Khalaf, Ms. Manar Adwan and Mr. Saed Jaghoub. JISH congratulates the three clinicians for their hard and successful work

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA®) Clinic at JISH

In November 2008, JISH launched the Applied Behavior Analysis Clinic under the supervision of Dr. Susan Ainsleigh, Ed.D. BCBA-D, Board Certified Behavior Analyst. This clinic provides diagnostic and treatment services to children and individuals with behavioral problems associated with developmental disorders such as Autism, Attention Deficit and ADHD. The program includes behavorial program as well as an educational curriculum for these children.

The Dar Al Hekma Prize for Outstanding Achievement

The Dar Al Hekma College for Girls in Jeddah, awarded Mrs. Sultana Alireza-Zahid, the Chief Executive Director of JISH, the Outstanding Achievement Prize. Mrs. Alireza-Zahid was chosen for this prize for her continuing efforts in community service, and in recognition for the role of JISH in serving persons with special needs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries. His Royal Highness Prince Khalid Al Faisal, Governor of Makkah Region, presented the prize to Mrs. Alireza-Zahid during the Dar Al Hekma Students' Graduation Ceremony held on 18 June 2008.

The Gulf Disability Association Visits JISH

A delegate from the Gulf Disability Association visited JISH on 24 May 2008, as part of a visit to the major organizations at the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that cater to the needs of persons with disabilities. The delegate members were Dr. Mohammad Al-Menai', Dr. Nassir Al-Mousa, Dr. Seddiqa Al Awadi, and Mrs. Maha Al-Juffali. Dr. Al-Sharif Zeid Al-Ghalib, the Executive Director of JISH, received the visiting delegate toured all the divisions of the Jeddah Institute for Speech and Hearing and learned about the services JISH provides persons with communication disorders.

JISH 10TH Annual Communication Disorders Symposium

JISH organized the 10th Annual Communication Disorders Symposium on 6-8 May 2008, in cooperation with the Saudi Association for Speech Pathology & Audiology. The symposium included many lectures, papers and workshops presented by key speakers from renowned organizations, such as City Center on Disability Studies in Egypt, King Abdul Aziz University, King Saud University, and the General Directorate of Special Education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia . The symposium activities were accredited by the Saudi Commission for Health Specialties as continuing education activities for professionals.

JISH Training Programs in the GCC

  • JARAS Program in United Arab Emirates (May 2008)
  • JARAS Program in the Kingdom of Bahrain (October 2008)
  • JARAS Program in Sultanate of Oman (October 2008), in cooperation with UNICEF-OMAN.

JISH has provided the JISH Aural Re-habilitation Activities and Skills (JARAS) training program to special education and deaf students' teachers. Mr. Abdul Rahman Naqawa, Consultant Speech-Language Pathologist and the Co-ordinator of the Aural Oral Re-habilitation Unit at JISH provided trainees with theoretical information and practical strategies to apply the Aural Oral Re-habilitation process to students with hearing impairment.

The Ing borg & Erwin Hochmair Award for Service to the Deaf

JISH was awarded the Ingborg & Erwin Hochmair Award for Service to the Deaf in the Middle East. This prestigious award is presented annually to organizations and individuals for their distinguished efforts in serving deaf or hearing impaired persons. The award was presented to JISH during the 2nd regional Otolaryngology Forum held in Dubai on 2-4 April 2008, organized by the American Hospital in Dubai.

Balance Disorders Clinic at JISH

In March 2008, JISH launched the Balance & Tinnitus Disorders clinic in the Audiology Division. Dr. Malik Abu Safieh, the JISH Audiology Consultant will provide diagnosis and treatment for these disorders.

Community Service Award from Um Al Moumineen Association, Ajman, United Arab Emirates

During its Annual Science Day Celebration, & under the patronage of Shaikha Fatma Bint Zayed Al Nihayan, the Um Al Moumineen Association in Ajman, United Arab Emirates, presented an award to Mrs. Sultana Alireza-Zahid for her notable efforts in serving the community in her capacity as the Chief Executive Director of JISH, by continuously developing clinical services to people with communication disorders in Saudi Arabia and neighboring countries.

Jeddah Prize for Outstanding Achievement

The Jeddah Chamber of Commerce & Industry awarded Mrs. Sultana Alireza-Zahid in 2005 the Outstanding Achievement Prize, in recognition of fourteen years of distinguished community service. Mr. Hamza Waleed Zahid accepted the award on behalf of his mother (Mrs. Sultana) from His Royal Highness Prince Abdulmajeed Bin Abdel Aziz Al Saud, the Former Governor of Makkah Region. Many other government officials, businessmen and businesswomen, and social welfare centers were honored during this ceremony for their services to the City of Jeddah.




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