Moheb El-Din has grown in strength and confidence through the inclusive sporting opportunities QF provides, says his father Houssam Shamsi Basha
When my son, Moheb El-Din, was first diagnosed with Autism at the age of four, my main concern, based on doctors’ advice. was to focus on developing his motor abilities and his behavioral and social skills, as well as to increase his vocabulary and support his academic achievement.
In the beginning, this was not easy mission, due to my limited knowledge about Autism, its causes, and the methods of treatment; and also because I couldn’t dedicate enough time to treat Moheb El-Din and the high cost of the motor and behavioral treatment sessions, which exceeded my financial ability.
My first goal was to work on developing Moheb El-Din’s motor skills through physical exercise, including swimming. And the main problem we faced was how to find a professional swimming trainer who was an expert in training children with Autism at the lowest possible cost, something that was very hard to do.
All these changes have had a positive effected on us as a family, as well as on and friends, and have lifted our spirits.
But when Qatar Foundation’s (QF) Qader Award was established, Moheb El-Din was the first participant in the ability friendly swimming classes that the initiative enabled him to access.
Through his participation in the swimming classes within QF’s Ability Friendly Swimming Program, he was able to make so many positive gains:
All these changes have had a positive effected on us as a family, as well as on and friends, and have lifted our spirits. We have greater hopes for Mohb El-Din’s future and are optimistic about his prospects for social integration, for engaging with other children, and for being independent.
Through Moheb El-Din’s success story, he has proved the saying ‘Autism is different, not less’ to be true.
Through Moheb El-Din’s success story, he has proved the saying “Autism is different, not less” to be true. He has shown that he can prove himself in so many different aspects of life – socially, academically and in sports – and that he can be an productive individual in society. However, this is only possible through him having ongoing support and care, and also an environment that understands the needs and requirements of children with Autism.
I want to thank Qatar Foundation for its consideration and care for our children, in all areas of life, and the administrative and training staff of the Qader Award and QF’s Ability Friendly Swimming Program.
QF’s Qader Award offers families and individuals with specific needs the opportunity to participate in its Ability Friendly Swimming and Football Programs at no cost.
For more information about the programs and the award, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for the Qader Award, please visit www.qf.org.qa/qaderaward