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  • Lucy Balzan

    Center Manager




    Lucy serves as the center manager and is responsible for the day-to-day leadership and general management of the company. She is passionate about creating a warm, welcoming environment and providing clients with the optimal level of support and care, tailored to meet each individual child’s need.





    Lucy has spent over 9 years in the education sector in both practitioner and managerial roles. Prior to completing her Leadership and Management qualifications, she trained and qualified ​as an Early Year’s Educator in the UK. She has worked in various roles within the early year’s sector including senior practitioner and coordinator. Along with many other leadership responsibilities, Lucy designed and constructed the learning environment for the early year’s provision, understanding the crucial role it has in children’s learning and development and the effects it can have on their mood, ability to form relationships and their health. Lucy is a strong advocate of the learning opportunities young learners react best to. She has previously helped shape the way that learning is presented, making it an exciting and entertaining aspect of the day.





    Lucy has used her time in Qatar to develop her own skills and her approach to the education of children, drawing upon the rich experiences of other nationalities and the best practices of international organizations.  She has mentored and guided new colleagues and recruited a strong team who have the skills to succeed in a fast developing environment.





    Lucy sees young learners as the future generation who will continue to build an ever better society for us all. With the right support and the correct stimulation, they will unlock their potential in all future endeavors.
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  • Laura Fish

    Senior Speech & Language therapist


    • BSC Speech and Language Pathology; University of Cape Town.





    Laura is a fully licensed speech and language pathologist. She has been practicing since 2014 and has great interests in the special needs population and improving quality of life.




    Laura received a Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Cape Town, South Africa, in 2013 and has completed courses which focus on caregiver training, dysphagia management, and Autism. Her experience includes that of early childhood intervention, Dysphagia management, Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Phonological awareness, Articulation, Receptive and Expressive language, as well as Cognitive communication.




    Her joint publication on the language acquisition of young children in a native South African language not only adds value to the evidence needed to treat those with communication impairments but also developed her experience in culturally diverse populations.




    Laura strongly believes in the connective power of communication and strives to promote quality of life for those she treats.




    direct and environmental approaches to facilitate the individual and their teaching staff.




    Farhiya has excellent interpersonal skills that allow her to establish a good working relationship with her clients and their careers. She is supportive and committed to providing a person-centered approach to care.
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  • Mohamed Beji

    Occupational Therapist




    • BSC Occupational Therapy; Health School of Tunisia






    Mohamed Ali is a Registered and Licensed Occupational Therapist who received his

    Bachelor’s Degree in Occupational Therapy from the Health School of Tunisia in 2014.





    He worked with children of various abilities across a number of settings for four years prior to Mind Institute. His previous experience includes working in an Autism Center and rehabilitation center where he was responsible for the assessment and therapeutic plans of a number of clients on an individual and group basis.





    Mohamed enjoys working with children of all ages and helping them to achieve their goals and reach their fullest potential. He has experience with a variety of diagnoses such as ADD/ADHD, Autism, PDD, Down Syndrome, Neurological Impairment and Learning Disabilities.





    “Occupational Therapy helps you make it happen”
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  • Mohamed Amin

    Special Educator

    Mohamed is a qualified Special Educator with over eight years’ experience after graduating from the Higher Institute of Special Education of Tunisia in 2010. His passion for supporting children lead Mohamed to work for voluntary world organizations such as Red Cross, Dutch Association (Les Oiseaux Bleu) and Athers Association.




    Mohamed has worked across a variety of settings that support children with intellectual and learning disabilities. He considers himself to be a dedicated teacher who motivates each child to reach their full potential.




    “Trust your child and set them in the right environment, you will get a happy child”
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  • Jelisavka Milosevic

    Special Educator

    Jelisavka is a highly qualified Special Education Teacher. Graduating from The Faculty for Special Education and Rehabilitation University of Belgrade in 2010, Jelisavka has vast experience working with children and young people across a number of settings. She specializes in supporting children with behavioral problems, learning difficulties, neurological disorders and more.




    Jelisavka has also completed numerous projects supporting children in areas such as strategies to manage challenging behavior, developing social skills, creative art and craft to further develop emerging skills and settling into school settings. She also coordinated a program which offered training to educate parents in supporting their child’s needs. She is a well-rounded educator who is able to see the child as a whole focusing on each area of development. Jelisavka is excited to bring her wealth of knowledge and experience from her previous roles to Mind Institute.




    “I wouldn’t change you for the world but I would change the world for you”
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  • Gillian

    Special educator

    Gillian has been working with children for over 9 years, supporting them with daily living skills, social skills, functional communication and academics. She has also worked with parents and staff, guiding them as they help children reach their potential. She works on making learning fun using the principles of reinforcement and motivation. Gillian has helped set up a Centre and Academy in Canada that supports students between the ages of 3 to 17 years. She has worked on home teams as a consultant, attending school meetings and advocating for children. She had also worked with students in school settings as an educational assistant and at homes as a Behavioral Interventionist.  


    Gillian has her Masters in Science with a concentration in Applied Behavior Analysis, from Capella University, USA. She earned her Bachelors in Arts (major in Psychology) from Simon Fraser University (SFU), in Canada. She also has First Aid Training and a Professional Crisis Management certification, allowing her to deal with injuries and challenging behaviours.

    “If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn” – Ignacio Estrada.
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  • Amal Ahmed

    Special Educator

    Amal is a bilingual enthusiastic special educator, she gained her Bachelor’s’ degree in Psychology and pre-school education from Al Ahfad University. As well as a higher Diploma in social work, from Khartoum University.


    She worked in Skina Center for children and adolescents with special needs, as well as the Sudan Center for those diagnosed with Down Syndrome.


    Amal believes in continued professional development and has attended many workshops including teaching methods of special education, workshops in teaching technique and Support Learning Program (SLP), Developmental Milestones (Age appropriate 0-6 years) communication skills, Gross and fine motor skills, Characteristics of different disorders and Managing Classroom –  behavioral Strategies.


    Her goal is to support children with special needs, to help them reach their full potential and merge successfully into society.


    ‘Every student can learn, just not in the same day, or in the same way’

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  • Ghadah Khaldoun

    Special Educator

    Ghadah is an understanding and enthusiastic Special Educator. She gained her bachelor’s degree in Special

    Education from the University of Jordan and has trained previously in Amman and Qatar before taking a role at Mind Institute.




    Ghadah is a firm believer in continued professional development and has attended many workshops, including an introduction to ABA, supporting children with speech disorders and special education teaching techniques. Whilst completing training in Rumailah Hospital and Oxygen Center for Children with Special Needs she found a passion for working in an early years setting.




    Ghadah feels her specialty lies in supporting children with ASD and intellectual disabilities and is eager to be part of a multidisciplinary team at Mind Institute.




    “Every student can learn, just not on the same day, or in the same way”
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  • Hana Tahri

    Occupational Therapist


    • BSC Occupational Therapy; Higher School of Science and Health Technics, Tunisia


     

    Hana earned a Bachelor’s degree in Occupational Therapy from the Higher School of

    Science and Health Technics of Tunis. She has 10 years of experience working as an Occupational Therapist in Tunisia, Oman and now Qatar.




    Hana’s experience stems over working with children of a variety of ages and believes she is specialized in supporting clients with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Learning Disabilities and Motor Disabilities.




    Hana is a compassionate, caring and dedicated professional who enjoys working with children in an individual as well as a group setting. She provides efficient and effective Occupational Therapy support using accurate assessment techniques and appropriate clinical intervention. She is skilled in organizing therapy sessions to instruct and encourage family participation.




    Hana prides herself on looking at each child as a whole supporting their individual needs in order to unlock their potential in therapy.




    ‘Developing Skills, Building Lives’
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  • Farhiya Abdi

    Speech and Language Therapist

    • BSC HONS Speech and Language; University of London, UK.

    Farhiya is an enthusiastic and compassionate speech and language therapist who is committed to helping her clients achieve their potential. Farhiya graduated from City, University of London with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Speech and Language Therapy. She is licensed by the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) in the United Kingdom and has registration with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

    Farhiya is committed to supporting clients with communication difficulties. She values the importance of working alongside families, schools and other professionals to ensure a holistic approach is taken.

    Farhiya enjoys working with adolescents and children. She has experience working in nurseries/ pre-schools, primary and secondary schools in England. She can provide individual and/ or group therapy in all settings.

    Farhiya has supported children with social communication difficulties and speech and language delays and disorders. She is experienced working within a multi-disciplinary environment and a multi-ethnic community.

    Her specific interest is working with young people and children who are on the Autistic Spectrum, particularly high functioning individuals who require adapted methods to learning in order to achieve their full learning potential. Farhiya specializes in using both
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