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Inspired by a true story, names and details have been changed to preserve the identity of the patient and confidentiality.

The first time I met Myriam, a 12 year old autistic child, I recognized the challenge. The child had yet to experienceany form of treatment or intervention in the past.

She did not attend school, stayed home and was trained with the help of her parents to live by herself as much as possible.

Despite their best efforts, they sought professional help at Emirates Rehab and Homecare .

Myriam was a happy, hyperactive girl. She had difficulty staying in one place for extended periods of time. For example, she could not sit in a chair for more than a few minutes.

She would only do things she preferred, accepted or wanted. She would cry whenever asked to do things she disliked; such as writing or if things were taken away from her.

During my initial assessment it was difficult. Myriam cried a lot. She would not listen nor cooperate with program tasks we needed to complete.

On many occasions during the initial stages, I had to guard the door to ensure she remained seated otherwise she would run away.

Our sessions consisted of teaching her how to write, improving cutting skills (with a scissor), coloring and other fine motor / movement skills. We also focused on introducing academic concepts such as the alphabet, shapes, letters and numbers.

Furthermore, I taught her other essential life skills such as following instructions and self  hygiene skills such as washing hands and changing clothes.

After 6 months of therapy, her parents noticed remarkable improvement. She is now able to concentrate on activities while sitting in a chair. She is also able to write her own name.

The best thing her parents observed, according to them, was a lessening of Myriam’s hyperactivity. They are extremely happy that she is able to follow instructions without engaging in hyperactive behavior.