Al Younbouh is a non-residential rehabilitation center for children and adults with mental disabilities and special needs. With over 25 years of experience in assisting the 14 years old and above, Al Younbouh is now expanding to serve younger individuals. Our new reformed center in Sahel Alma is set to welcome children between 7 and 14 years of age, with light and mild retardation, in addition to our current, older members. With the same mission in mind; to improve the quality of life of our members and ensure their dignified integration into society, our new location is well-adapted to respond effectively to the needs of all sections as well as individuals.
Our programs are specifically designed to be as effective as possible for our students’ societal insertion on all levels. They are directed by our multi-disciplinary team of professionals who make sure that the partakers, throughout their time at Al Younbouh, acquire the skills they need through educational, cultural, spiritual, artistic, physical and recreational activities. Since our students differ from one another, the programs are individualized and embed all the dimensions of human development.
To discover and improve the students’ capacities on the cognitive, emotional and social levels
To provide specialized academic competencies
To get the students to apply their acquired skills into daily adaptive actions
To develop the students’ personalities and promote their flourishing
To enhance the students’ capacities for future pre-professional orientation
With Al Younbouh’s mission always in mind; to improve the quality of life of its beneficiaries and ensure their dignified integration into society, we work on implementing these objectives through a series of academic courses, therapy, specialized workshops and activities.
The Academic classes aim at developing the students’ intellectual aptitudes by teaching them or by improving their reading, writing and arithmetic skills, while showing them how to use and keep up with technology.
We use different means of Therapy in order to help our students get the best outcome possible. Psychotherapy is used to identify the strengths and weaknesses of each individual through specialized tests. It allows to relieve the tension and pressure of the person, leading to an improvement in the general behavior, a decrease in anxiety and a reduction in spastic attitude. Psychomotor Skills Therapy enriches gross and fine motor skills by providing a variety of activities that require responses at variable degrees of difficulty; this allows individuals with mental disabilities to feel independent and to improve their self-image by individually manipulating their environment. While Speech Therapy is used to assess, diagnose and treat communication disorders, it also helps in the treatment of respiratory issues. And finally, Multi-Sensorial Environment Therapy is used to stimulate and develop the sensory system of individuals with mental disabilities, to improve their behavior and their quality of life and to reduce spastic attitude.
The Workshops that are put together at Al Younbouh are particularly devised to create and develop certain skills among the students or to prepare them for new possibilities. For instance, the Computer Workshop helps them in developing their intellectual abilities while the Handcrafts Workshop teaches students to draw, paint or make greeting cards, thus developing their creative skills. The Popcorn Workshop let students work in an assembly line operation to learn about teamwork; the Piñata Workshop develops concentration and fine motor skills while creating beautiful piñatas; and the Sub-Contracting Workshop prepares the students for the possibility of future employment.
The Supported Employment Program is a successful workplace integration program that is designed for students who are capable of entering the workforce. Al Younbouh’s Social Office is responsible for finding the students an employment, coaching them and following up with them during their time of employment.
Al Younbouh’s Activities allow individuals with mental disabilities to discover new personal talents through fun undertakings such as dancing, aesthetics, singing, swimming among other sports activities, arts, theater and much more.
Recreational Activities such as frequent outings, and a five-day summer camp give our students great pleasure and much needed relaxation time, it also gives the staff and the volunteers an opportunity to interact with the students outside of the center while observing the results of their hard work in a less conventional environment.