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Member Corner: Furat Kreishan, pediatrician from Amman, Jordan

Becoming a member of ZERO TO THREE was a turning point: We now know for sure that we are on the right tract; the resources are very helpful; and the experiences of others are motivating and useful.

Name: Furat Kreishan
Professional Position: Pediatrician at Al Hakeem Furat
Location: Amman, Jordan

Al Hakeem Furat started as a private pediatric practice in Amman, Jordan, a poor middle eastern country where primary health care isn’t a priority. We are a busy clinic serving many children, including refugees from Syria, Iraq, and Yemen.

Eight months ago, we translated the ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2 [developmental screening tools] into Arabic and implemented them into our practice. The experience was an eye opener. The results were appalling; our kids were not meeting their developmental potential. People were very enthusiastic about the questionnaires and wanted to know more, but have no credible resources, given that most of them know no English. When activities were dispatched or the next questionnaire was scheduled, they were very committed and we start seeing improvements in kids’ performance. The culture and jargon of early childhood development become part of mothers’ talk at our waiting area instead of gossip and chitchat.

Given this response, we decided to go another step, so we collaborated with a speech-language pathologist and developmental psychologist for the purpose of early intervention. We also launched a Facebook page that became highly engaged in no time. My wife and I are travelling to the USA next June to attend a Training-of-Trainers course in ASQ-3/ASQ:SE-2 with the hope that someday we can implement this service for a wider public.

Becoming a member of ZERO TO THREE was a turning point: We now know for sure that we are on the right tract; the resources are very helpful; and the experiences of others are motivating and useful. We are now studying the possibility of implementing the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, Level 3, in our center. We also hope that we can attend an ZERO TO THREE early brain development training-of-trainers to spread the word in a professional manner.

We are now embarking on a national program wherein every woman in our country visiting a primary health care center gets handouts and resources about the importance of the early years and tips to boost babies’ developmental potential.

I’m delighted to have this opportunity to share our joy at this endeavor and to thank ZERO TO THREE.

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