Five Percent of Bahraini Children have Special Needs
Between three and five percent of the total number of children in Bahrain require special attention in their upbringing, an official told Bahrain Tribune on Tuesday.
The Assistant Undersecretary for Hospitals in the Ministry of Health, Khalil Ebrahim Al Arayyed, said the figure included children with learning disabilities, hyperactivity, Down's syndrome and other conditions.
Arayyed was speaking to the Tribune after the opening ceremony of a two-day workshop that is being held to train people how to look after these children.
“We are also looking at involving the parents and the teachers of these children as well as other people so that the conditions could be diagnosed early,” he said, adding that the earlier this was detected, the better it would be for the child and the society as a whole.
Bahraini children were subject of human rights reports before the recent democratic reforms took place last month. They said that Bahrain children suffered from psychological trauma due to the conflict between the opposition and the government, during which a number of minors were arrested and tortured, as claimed by opposition sources – Albawaba.com
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