The Center for Autism Research (CFAR) was established through a generous grant from the Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) in 2010, with the aim of creating a center of excellence in autism research at King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Center (KFSH&RC). CFAR conducts specialized research in the development, implementation, and sharing of diagnostic and therapeutic methods for individuals with autism. We are also establishing lists of current projects, research, and collaboration with local, regional and international centers and utilize world-renowned experts in the various fields related to autism research, diagnosis, intervention, training, and dissemination of knowledge through lectures, workshops and trainings. The Center for Autism Research (CFAR) facilities have been expertly designed for the care and comfort of children with Autism and their families. Furthermore, CFAR recruits best professionals needed for the projects such as: Special Educationists, Speech & Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Occupational Therapists, Social worker, Admin and Support staff.  The Center for Autism Research (CFAR) team has been working diligently to meet the objectives of creating a center of excellence in Autism research at KFSH&RC.

CFAR Objectives:

  • To be a collaborative hub between all of the various experts within KFSH&RC and be the focused site for all current and intended collaborations with national, regional and international partners.
  • Transforms the life of children with autism and their families.
  • Educate professionals and families around the country so that they may benefit from the knowledge and method developed at Center for Autism Research.
  • Define our future success by the number of ASD children been served by our center.
  • Promote E-learning Technologies for Arabic-speaking ASD children.
  • Establish the capacity to perform research-reliable diagnosis of ASD.
  • Maintain to be the forefront of conducting and publishing research for ASD.
  • Translates socially and linguistically the latest tools and intervention programs for ASD.


We have achieved certifications for: Early Start Denver Model (ESDM) , Autism Diagnose Observation Scale –Second Edition (ADOS-2),  Autism Diagnose Interview Revise (ADI-R), Sensory Integration, Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and Picture Exchange Communication System.

Diagnosis and Intervention, research, lectures, trainings and workshops.


Accreditations & Awards