Alwaleed backs art therapy for autism
Riyadh, April 15, 2014
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud, chairman of the Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundations, received at his office in Riyadh Princess Samira Bint Abdullah Al-Faisal Al-Farhan, chairman of the Charitable Society of Autism Families and an accompanying delegation. Amongst the visitors were three children from among the direct beneficiaries of the association's programs.
During the meeting, Princess Samira expressed her gratitude and praised Prince Alwaleed’s efforts and interest in supporting children with Autism, and briefed him on the results achieved by the specialised courses supported by the foundation. Twenty specialists were trained in art therapy, which is one of the many factors that help an autistic child’s progress, said a statement.
In 2012, Alwaleed Bin Talal Foundation collaborated with the Charitable Society for Autism Families in support of the program, the first of its kind in the Arab world. This program applies a curriculum that qualifies specialists in art therapy.
These courses are designed to develop the beneficiaries in two directions: psychologically and through art therapy. This highlights how psychology and art therapy are intertwined and sheds light on how both fields are scientifically linked and applicable.
The courses were conducted at the Art Rehabilitation Center, a bureau licensed by the Institute of King Abdullah Research and Consulting Studies at King Saud University that has taken the lead to set up such courses, said the statement. - TradeArabia News Service