Where is SEED located?
SEED is located in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates.
Does SEED have branches?
SEED does not have any branches.
Is SEED a special school?
No, SEED is not a special school.
It is a center that offers special education and related services to children and adolescents individually or in very small groups.
Is SEED approved by any government authorities?
SEED is approved by the Community Development Authority in Dubai.
What are the SEED timings?
SEED functions from Mondays to Saturdays.
On all Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays, we open at 8 am and close at 5 pm.
On all Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, we are available from 8 am to 7 pm.
Is an appointment necessary to consult a SEED expert?
Yes, we offer all our services on prior appointment basis.
Which number should we call for appointments?
Please call us on:
LANDLINE : +971-4-3869360
MOBILE : +971-52-246-6441
What should we bring during our first visit to SEED?
You should bring the original or a photocopy of all the following:
1) Referral letter from the school or doctor who has referred your child to us.
2) All medical reports of your child + MRI / CT Scan Films (if any).
3) All previous assessment reports of your child.
4) Reports from your child’s school, if there are any.
5) Any other documents of your child that you feel is important for us to review.
6) Copy of you and your child’s Emirates ID.
Can we choose to consult just one of the SEED experts?
At SEED, you have the opportunity to meet all the experts including our consultant special educator, psychologist, and behaviour interventionist for the same fee that you pay for assessment.
This is in addition to meeting our chief consultant who is a rehabilitation practitioner, professional special educator, and a psychologist.
How long does the consultation with the Chief Consultant last?
In most instances, you will meet our Chief Consultant first.
He will gather relevant information about your child to decide further course of action.
This will take approximately 60 minutes.
What happens after we meet the Chief Consultant?
Based on the information you provide, the chief consultant will suggest (a) an assessment, (b) suggest intervention, or (c) refer your child for specialist consultation with a neurologist or a psychiatrist.
What does psychoeducational assessment involve?
Children who struggle in school academically are often referred for a psychoeducational assessment to understand the underlying reasons for it.
These assessments provide a profile of cognitive, learning, and behavioural skills that are age-referenced.
Specifically, your child’s basic academic skills such as reading, writing, and arithmetic, their performance in learning academic subjects, language and spatial abilities, attention and concentration, reasoning and problem-solving skills, working memory, visual-motor integration, and executive functions like planning, organization, and impulse control are all assessed during a psychoeducational assessment.
Who conducts psychoeducational assessments?
At SEED, a team of psychologists, special educators, and a behaviourist conduct these assessments.
How long does each assessment session last?
Our assessments are very detailed and comprehensive.
Hence, you may expect at least 3 to 6 hours for the assessments.
Additional assessments of your child’s speech and language skills will need another 1 to 2 hours.
How many sessions are required for an assessment?
The assessments might be completed in 1 or 2 days depending on the nature of your child’s difficulties, the speed of at which your child is able to complete the task, and or your child’s cooperation.
Some children are able to complete all our assessments in one day while others require multiple visits to SEED to complete their assessments.
Why do SEED assessments take such a long time?
Unlike most centers where only a psychologist conducts a psychoeducational assessment, SEED takes pride in making available an interdisciplinary team of a Consultant Special Educator, a Consultant Psychologist, a Consultant Speech and Language Pathologist, and a Consultant Behaviourist who conducts this assessment, led by our Chief Consultant who is a Rehabilitation Practitioner.
Such an assessment of course takes time.
Please keep in mind that psycho-educational assessment is an intensive process, requiring interviews, the input of parents, teachers, and the child, one-on-one testing sessions, and observations.
But it is done with the best interest of your child in mind.
Does SEED give an assessment report?
Once all the assessments are over, the multidisciplinary team will prepare a report on the assessment findings within 7 days.
Should we come in person to collect the assessment report?
It is very important that you meet us in person to collect the report as we would like to explain the findings of the assessment and guide you in making further decisions.
Does SEED have a consultant Speech and Language Therapist?
A senior consultant speech and language therapist has been identified and recruited for SEED.
Her services will be made available as soon as the necessary approval has been received from the Dubai Health Authority for her appointment.
Please register your interest to seek speech and language therapy from us with our center manager.
We will inform you as soon as our speech and language therapy services are available.
Does SEED conduct school-based assessment camps?
Yes, SEED has a program for conducting our assessments in schools that are far from Dubai.
If you are a school authority located in the Emirates of Sharjah, Ajman, Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, Ras Al Khaimah, Fujairah, and Umm Al Quwain, and wish to invite SEED to your school for a screening, assessment, and identification camp, please contact our center manager for details.
If you are a parent and your child attends school in one of the above-mentioned Emirates, then please inform your child’s inclusion team about this program.
Does SEED provide internship opportunities?
Yes, SEED is open to internship opportunities.
We welcome interns who are pursuing an undergraduate or post-graduate course in education, special education, psychology, social work, medicine, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, applied behaviour analysis, etc.
How do I volunteer at SEED?
Please contact our center manager for volunteering opportunities at SEED.
Does SEED have an affiliate program?
Schools can affiliate themselves with SEED for all activities related to inclusion which includes the following services: school-wide screening for special needs, identification, developing individualized educational plans, and interventions.