Muna AlJabri

Omani Specialist Nurse
Developmental Medicine Unit
Sultan Qaboos University Hospital

Ms .Muna AlJabri is an Omani Specialist Nurse in developmental medicine unit in Sultan Qaboos university hospital where she has worked for the past 7 years. Her main job responsibilities include: developmental assessment, coordination of the multi-disciplinary team in the unit and providing comprehensive nursing care for autistic patients and for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Muna also participates with training students from the pediatric residency program in addition to nursing students on the area of child development.

Muna graduated with B.Sc. Nursing from Sultan Qaboos university in 2008 and received a higher diploma in mental health in 2011 from Oman specialized nursing institute.

She received training and is certified in conducting the Griffith developmental scale since 2015 from the Association for Research in Infant and Child development (ARICD).

Muna worked since 2014 on preparing the Omani version of (M-Chat-R and M-Chat-R/F screening tool (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) and worked heavily in the training and data collection aspects of the national project. She also has ongoing research interests within the field of parental stress of parents with child with autism disorder. She attended various conferences and workshops in the field of autism and child development.



Short Description of the Workshop:

1. Training on National Autism Screening Program

Improving the status of children’s health is recognized as fundamental for family, community and for the nation. There is a strong rationale for considering children as high priority groups for health improvement especially children with disability where Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders are one of them. Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are more prevalent that often stated. The overall prevalence rate of ASD in Oman estimated at 20.35 at 10,000 population (95% confidence interval [CI] 19.39-21.32) between 2012-2018. Screening tools available for clinicians and parents can now detect a reasonable proportion of children with ASD between (16-30 months). They consist of simple checklists completed by parents and followed-up by primary physicians. Since September 2016, Ministry of Health has established a national screening program for Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) by using the M-CHAT/R & (M-CHAT-R/F). M-CHAT (Modified Checklist for Autism in Toddlers) is a validated developmental screening tool for toddlers between 16 and 30 months of age. The aim is to screen all children visiting the health institution for the routine well-baby visit at 18 months. Improving quality of life of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental disorders through early identification and management.