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New app launched in Saudi to help diagnose children with developmental disabilities

cheerful kids playing together in daycare center for kids with disabilities

A new app has been launched to facilitate early detection and accurate diagnosis of children with developmental disabilities in Saudi Arabia.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology and Alwaleed Philanthropies, have announced the launch of “Maharat”, a childhood development and cognitive skills application. The platform, currently in its first phase, provides professional services of early detection and intervention for more than ten million children across the Arab region.

“Maharat” aims to facilitate the detection of development-related problems among children, while also engaging teachers and parents in the assessment process. In doing so, it contributes to providing accurate professional diagnoses of cases that need early intervention. The application aims to lay the foundations to provide tailored programs designed for the children, informed through scientific and practical methods to address their needs. The development of the application is empowered by the expertise and knowledge of experts in psychology, pedagogy, and other relevant areas.

The application will benefit all children in early childhood, with particular importance for children with motor and cognitive developmental delay, hyperactivity, impulsivity, poor communication and motivation for language learning, concentration problems, inattention and working memory deficit.

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