Paediatric Neurodevelopment and Behavioural

Appointments to this clinics are through referrals only.

The Neurodevelopment and Behavioural Clinic is part of the Neurosciences Centre of Excellence which is one among the most advanced facilities in the region that specifically caters to disorders of the nervous system in children. As the only dedicated hospital for children in the UAE, the Centre at Al Jalila Children’s features state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and consultants with years of paediatric experience from some of the renowned hospitals around the world.

Neurodevelopmental disorders are disabilities associated primarily with the functioning of the neurological system and brain. Examples of neurodevelopmental disorders in children include attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), autism, learning disabilities, intellectual disability, cerebral palsy, and impairments in vision and hearing. Children with neurodevelopmental disorders can experience difficulties with language and speech, motor skills, behaviour, memory, learning, and/or other neurological functions. The Neurodevelopment and Behavioural Clinic at Al Jalila Children’s works closely with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre to provide extensive support to children and their families.

Neurodevelopment Genetics

The Al Jalila Children’s Genomics Centre is a state-of-the-art unit that was created to offer a wide range of genetic testing and counselling services, thus filling a notable gap in the region for such a facility in view of the global increasing demand for genetic testing. The Genomics Centre at Al Jalila Children’s possesses cutting-edge technologies capable of conducting the most sophisticated genetic testing. Additionally, a team of highly specialised, western-board certified team of physicians oversee and run the Centre.

Genetics is being rapidly integrated into all aspects of modern medicine and with the support of our genetic counselling core, the first in the UAE, we offer genetic services in our Neurodevelopment and Behavioural Clinic. Single and Multi-gene next generation sequencing disease panels should be considered for neurodevelopmental disorders such as:

  • Epilepsy
  • Neuromuscular disease
  • Angelman-like/Rett syndrome
  • Kabuki syndrome
  • Rubinstein Taybi syndrome
  • Noonan syndrome
  • Cornelia de Lange
  • Neurofibromatosis
  • CHARGE syndrome

What makes us different?

  • The only advanced CAP-accredited genomic sequencing diagnostics in the UAE and the region with a focus on paediatric disorders
  • The first clinical genomics facility in the UAE to establish in-house bioinformatics and interpretation pipelines following the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ACMG) standards
  • The Genetics Laboratory is part of a full-fledged world-class hospital where every patient is assessed by a multidisciplinary and highly experienced paediatric consulting team that offers a 360-degree evaluation and treatment under one roof, resulting in a definitive and clear medical solution
  • A Genetic Counseling Core to assist clinicians and families in understanding all aspects of genetic testing (ordering, billing, consenting, recurrence risk assessment, result disclosure, family planning)
  • Al Jalila Children’s is the only paediatric centre in the region to staff American board-certified genetic counsellors


Dr. Zeinab Alloub

Neurodevelopment Paediatrician

Dr. Ahmed Ahmed

Neurodevelopment Paediatrician


      Al Jalila Children's Specialty Hospital

Al Jaddaf - Dubai United Arab Emirates
800 AJCH (8002524)
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