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  • Sharon Manipon

    Special Educator

    Sharon is a diligent, compassionate and efficient Special Educator. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from St. Joseph’s College, Quezon City, Philippines in 2002. She then completed her Teacher’s Certificate Program from University of Santo Tomas, Manila in 2004 and later on passed the Philippines’ Licensure Examination for Teachers in the same year. Sharon then went on to obtain a Master of Arts Major in Special Education from De La Salle University, Manila.

    Sharon has been a Special Education Teacher for more than 15 years working with children with Autism, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Down Syndrome and other Intellectual Disabilities. Sharon is a team player, passion-driven and works for the best interest of the child. She considers a point of strength to be in building a good rapport with the children she supports as well as the parents/guardians of those children. She is a firm believer that home and school cooperation must be consistent for the child to reach their maximum potential

    Sharon also has been an advocate for the rights and welfare of Persons with Disabilities. She has been an active member of Guided and Unified Interaction for the Development of Children, Inc. (GUIDE,Inc.) since 2003, a volunteer-driven organization geared towards helping children with physical, intellectual and emotional disorders/disabilities. Recently, she has been awarded by GUIDE, Inc. a “Volunteering Excellence” certificate in recognition of her meritorious and invaluable services, commitment, selfless devotion and active engagement in the pursuit of the organization’s vision, mission and goals.
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  • Aamina Mahmood

    Special Educator

    Aamina is a licensed special educator with 19 years of experience in the field. She is a dedicated and caring professional with an abundance of knowledge in the special educational needs sector which she considers an asset in her teaching. She has extensive experience in the evaluation and intervention of children with a variety of complex needs such as ADHD, ASD, Cerebral Palsy, hearing impairment, and intellectual delays. Aamina is also proficient in the use of sign language and PECS to further support her students and cater to all abilities.

    Aamina holds a Master’s Degree in Special Education, with a specialization in the area of Hearing Impairment, from the Punjab University of Lahore, Pakistan. Previously she completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, English Literature and Persian from the renowned Punjab University of Lahore, Pakistan. Aamina is a firm believer in continuous development and holds various certificates for education and practicing competence from different prestigious institutes.

    Aamina has been an active participant in the Special Olympics. She also recognizes the benefit of supporting the child’s wider community and has lead teachers training workshops along with parent training workshops and considers this an area she excels at.
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  • Nadera Hamdar

    Clinical Dietician

        • Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and dietetics/Licensed Dietitian, American University of Beirut
        • Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Management, American University of Beirut
    Nadera is a licensed clinical dietitian, food microbiologist and a food safety specialist. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition and Dietetics in 2008, as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Food Science and Management (with an emphasis on Food Safety and Microbiology) in 2007, from the American University of Beirut. She then continued her post-graduate studies in Nutrition and Dietetics at the American University of Beirut.

    For the past few years, Nadera’s focus has been in the field of “Clinical Nutrition”. She worked at Clemenceau Medical Center in Beirut, affiliated with Johns’ Hopkins International, assisting in well-rounded care of many patients across the years. Her work comprised of educating hospitalized patients on specific diets to follow upon discharge according to their initial screening and nutritional assessment (medical nutritional therapy covered oncology, renal disease, diabetes, GI and liver disease, pediatrics/inborn errors of metabolism, neurological diseases); direct involvement in patients’ nutritional care in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and Coronary Care Unit (CCU) and Medical/Surgical wards, which also included management of enteral and parenteral nutrition. She was also actively involved in weight counseling for a variety of patients in her clinic, assessing and instructing out-patients (both pediatrics and adults) while maintaining regular follow-ups to ensure patients achieve their goals.

    Nadera has been featured on multiple media outlets including Future TV and Annahar Live, discussing issues such as obesity, diabetes, sugar consumption and food safety at home. She has also participated in educational activities and several awareness campaigns, one of which was Nestle’s Healthy Kids Global Project in 2010, which helped educate 4th and 5th elementary students (in public schools all over Beirut district) and their families about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

    Nadera also worked in research at The American University of Beirut, and as a food safety inspector and trainer.
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  • Sunmeet Kaur

    Physiotherapist

      • Bachelor of Physiotherapy; Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India>
    Sunmeet is a licensed physiotherapist. She obtained Bachelors of Physiotherapy degree from Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University, India. She has over 4 years of experience working with clients belonging to all age groups and supporting diverse conditions including orthopedic conditions, neurological conditions, sports injuries, and musculoskeletal conditions.

    Sunmeet’s pediatric exposure has included supporting children with developmental delay, low muscle tone, mobility impairment, developmental coordination disorder, cerebral palsy, spinal cord defects, stroke, down syndrome and congenital abnormalities. She has also managed both outpatient and inpatient departments for rehabilitation working under a high-volume caseload.

    Sunmeet has a thorough knowledge of human anatomy and human physiology. She has sound knowledge of medical conditions, terminology, and treatments along with the ability to analyze medical reports. To ensure effective treatment she assesses patient needs, studies the records and relevant information, and is thereby able to plan treatment, evaluate and modify care to meet goals of medical interventions.

    Sunmeet places great importance on continued professional development has attended various conferences and gained certifications including clinical nutrition, spinal injuries in sports, shoulder injury in sport, ACL injury management, knee replacement, and hip joint replacement.

    Sunmeet has a receptive nature with the clear intent to provide a broad range of high quality specialized physiotherapy healthcare services that help clients to achieve better health in all possible ways. She is good at relationship building with children as well as a mental motivator with a flair for adopting emerging trends.
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  • Azza Abdelrahman Mind Institute

    Azza Abdelrahman

    Assistant Manager

    Azza Abdelrahman is a bilingual Special Needs Educator who has been working with children for 8 years. She obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Ain Shams University in Cairo, Egypt. She has also received extensive training in Speech and language, ABA (Applied Behavior Analysis) and Language Development.

    Azza Abdelrahman is a patient, hard-working. Also, she thrives on the progress and improvement of the children entrusted to her. Moreover, her points of strength are in establishing rapport with children, setting a stimulating teaching environment in order to help children integrate and manage challenging behavior. Also, she can set an effective IEP (Individual Educational Plan), group plans and monitor their progress, and train and guide parents to contribute in their children’s program.

    “If they can’t learn the way I teach, I teach the way they learn.”

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  • Charmaine Zubal

    Charmaine Zubal

    Clinical Director

      • BSC HONS first division, Speech and Language Pathology; University of Health Sciences.
      • PgDip. Sensory Integration Therapy – University of Ulster
      • PgDip. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy – Oxford College
    Charmaine Zubal is an enthusiastic and committed Occupational Therapist. She graduated from the University of Northampton with a BSc in first-class honors degree. Her Post Graduate research explored Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and how the condition impacts the quality of life for children and their families. Also, she completed Postgraduate Diploma studies in Sensory Integration Therapy (SI) and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) within the UK.

    As a licensed Occupational Therapist, Charmaine Zubal is passionate about working with children and their families, with over 7 years of experience. She began her career within an adolescent LD / Autism unit where her ability to compassionately connect and motivated. She built on her experience by working within a specialist school environment. There she was responsible for completing assessments, setting realistic goals and providing interventions for children in regards to their fine motor skills, gross motor skills, visual perceptual skills, sensory processing, self-regulation, social skills, and cognition. Her approach is to first and foremost take the time to understand each and every child’s unique situation. Drawing on her excellent assessment capabilities, she then outlines clear recommendations that she is able to translate to both parent and child in a caring, empathetic and effective manner. She then works alongside the child and their families to help them develop the skills they need in achieving their goals.

    Charmaine focuses on highlighting strengths, maximizing opportunities for growth and development while also promoting overall physical and mental well-being. Moreover, she incorporates “Child-Centered Play Therapy” as part of her program. Besides the belief that children use play as a natural language to express their emotions and learn. Play also helps to develop an effective therapeutic relationship at a pace, which the child is comfortable within a respectful and supportive environment. Charmaine is currently a member of the BAOT (British Association of Occupational Therapist) as well as the Sensory Integration Network.

    “Inspirational…I inspire children to be rational achievers”

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  • Staff Mind Institute educators

    Remo Hallberg Poulsen

    Clinical Psychologist

    • Bachelor’s degree in the science of psychology from the University of Copenhagen.
    • Master’s degree in the science of psychology from the University of Copenhagen.
    Remo Hallberg Poulsen majored in clinical psychology and neuropsychology. Thus, he has education in psychotherapeutic techniques and understands the biological mechanisms behind psychological disorders. This makes Remo capable in the assessment and treatment of psychological issues. Before arriving in Qatar, Remo was primarily working in Denmark with teenagers who dealt with behavioral and developmental disorders as well as with family therapy. He has experience in teaching behavioral and social skills, identifying psychological conditions and determining key treatment targets. He also has experience in treating personality disorders, stress, depression, and anxiety. Remo has received training in a wide variety of psychotherapeutic techniques. Also, he customizes the sessions to the individual needs of the client. Remo works with:
    • Behavioral training
    • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
    • Prolonged Exposure therapy
    • Mindfulness/hypnosis
    • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
    Remo Hallberg Poulsen is passionate about helping individuals grow personally, and he has been a part of Mind Institutes’ efforts in doing so since 2019.
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  • Mohamed Beji

    Occupational Therapist

        • Mohamed Beji BSC Occupational Therapy; Health School of Tunisia
    Mohamed Beji 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. Also, help them 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

    Mohamed Amin

    Special Educator

    Mohamed Amin is a qualified Special Educator with over 8 years of experience. He graduated from the Higher Institute of Special Education of Tunisia in 2010. Hence, his passion for supporting children lead Mohamed to work for voluntary world organizations. Such as Red Cross, Dutch Association (Les Oiseaux Bleu) and other Association.

    Mohamed Amin has worked across a variety of settings that support children with intellectual and learning disabilities. Also, 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

    Jelisavka Milosevic

    Special Educator

    Jelisavka Milosevic 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. She supports Especially 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. Also, she coordinated a program that offered training to educate parents in supporting their child’s needs. She is a well-rounded educator. Because she is able to see the child as a whole focusing on each area of development. Jelisavka Milosevic 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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