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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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  • Mohamed Hedi

    Clinical Psychologist

    • Master’s Degree from University of Arts and Human Sciences, Tunisia.
    • Bachelor Degree in Psychology, Clinical Psychology Major from the Higher Institute of Human Studies, Tunis Al-Manar University, Tunisia.
    • Certified in Pivotal Response Treatment in 2014.
     Mohamed completed his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Applied Pathology from University of Arts and Human Science, Tunisia. He is a tri-lingual therapist fluent in Arabic, English and French.Mohamed’s professional experience in different cultures and diverse settings have developed his interest in psychotherapy. He aims to support children, adolescents and adults through developing an individual treatment plan embracing their cultural background and helping them feel better about themselves as an individual and socially.Mohamed’s 12 years of experience working in Psychology-related posts in, educational, organizational, clinical, special needs and social care in Tunisia, Oman, Dubai, Kuwait, and now, Qatar, helped him sharpen his professional approaches to clients for better mental health outcomes.
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  • Prerna Paul

    Clinical Psychologist

    • M.Phil Clinical Psychology; Institute of Behavioural Sciences, India
    • MS Psychology; University of Delhi, India

    Prerna is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She obtained a Master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi, India after which she completed her M.Phil in Clinical Psychology from the Institute of Behavioral Sciences, India. Prerna enjoys working with children, adolescents and families and has over 4 years of experience working as an independent therapist. She has extensive clinical experience in diagnosis and intervention of children with varied developmental and behavioural difficulties including intellectual delays, ASD, attention deficits and conduct issues along with problems of anxiety and mood.

    Her clinical practice involves focusing on the various behavioural, emotional and social needs of children, with flexibility in her approach to therapy. She recognizes the importance of mental health awareness among parents and teachers and therefore looks for an integration of all environments that the child is part of. Prerna has a keen interest in building emotionally safe communities for children which nurture worthiness and creative learning.
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  • Christy Johncy

    Speech and Language Therapist

    • BSC Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology; University of Banglore, India.
     Christy is a licensed paediatric speech and language therapist with extensive clinical experience in working with children and families. She is a registered member of RCI (Rehabilitation Council of India) and ISHA (Indian Speech and Hearing Association).Christy has a bachelor degree in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from University of Bangalore, India and has a certification of Oral Placement Therapy Level 1 and 2.Christy is a committed speech and language therapist skilled in working with children individually as well as in a group setting. She has practiced speech therapy in a number of settings to include public schools, private schools, and clinics with the majority of her experience being in private practice where she has worked extensively with toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. Christy specializes in the evaluation, diagnosis and treatment of a variety of communication disorders including receptive/expressive language disorders, articulation disorders, stuttering, ASD, Down Syndrome, social skills, auditory processing disorders, and other developmental delays. Christy works closely with individuals and their families to facilitate effective communication skill development and implementation.“As each child is different, the way you work with them also differs”
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  • Fatimeh Hussien

    Special Educator

    Fatimeh, a qualified early childhood educator, specializes in Special Education and comes with 12 years of experience.

    Fatimeh is a dedicated teacher, passionate about contributing to the intellectual, social, emotional and physical development of young children. She is an enthusiastic, creative and a caring teacher, versed in learning theories and practices. She holds a Master’s Degree in Child Care and Education, and has completed Teachers Training in Special Education from British Council UK and a diploma in Child Psychology from Stonebridge University UK. Being an active member of NASET (National Association for Special Education Teachers) Washington USA, she has completed various professional certificate courses in ADHD, Autism, Autism: Criteria for determining eligibility for Special Education, Behavior Problems: Intervention Strategies, how children are identified for special education services and more.

    She has also trained in Low Vision Rehabilitation and has completed certificate courses from Hadley School for The Blind, USA.

    She has designed an online consultation program called ‘CHIILD’ that delivers customized services to meet various needs of children.Fatimeh is now doing her research work on the importance of storytelling and its impact in special education, and has been an active participant in various national and international seminars and conferences.

    She was awarded the First International Excellence Award for Service to Disabilities in August 2017 by the Ministry of Social Welfare, India.
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    Wafaa Bou Ayad

    Speech and Language Therapist

    • BSC Speech and Language Pathology; institute for nursing professions and health techniques Morocco.

    Wafaa is a bilingual (French and Arabic) Speech and Language Therapist who has worked with children in a variety of different structures. She obtained her Degree in Speech and Language Therapy from the higher institute for nursing professions and health techniques in Rabat Morocco, in 2014.

    Wafaa is a dedicated and caring professional who enjoys working with children in individual as well as group settings. She has vast experience in assessing, diagnosing and offering intervention in different therapy settings including early intervention, special needs schools and clinic settings. Her experience includes working with children with a variety of communication disorders including but not limited to: Autistic Spectrum Disorder, ADD, ADHD, Down syndrome, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Auditory Processing Disorder, Dysfluency, Articulation disorders, Phonological processes and specific language impairments.

    She is very excited to be joining the Mind Institute team and start a new adventure here in Qatar.

    “Some people have a way with Words. A speech-language therapist has a way with people to help them find their way with Words.” 
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  • Madiha Ishtiaq Atif Rehman

    Head of Speech and Language Department

    • BSC HONS first division, Speech and Language Pathology; University of Health Sciences.

    Madiha is a Speech and Language Pathologist and Voice Therapist with over 4 years of experience working with children in a range of different contexts including rehabilitation centers, children’s centers and hospitals.

    Madiha has a BSC (HONS) first division degree in Speech and Language Pathology from the Children Hospital Lahore under the University of Health Sciences. She is also a registered member of PASP (Pakistan Association of Speech & Language Pathologist).

    Madiha is a caring and devoted professional with experience working with children with a range of speech and language difficulties including acute care, long-term acute care, acute rehab and sub-acute rehab. She is specialized in supporting children with developmental delays such as ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder), Down syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, Stammering, Aphasia, ADHD etc. She also has knowledge and experience working with children and adolescents with voice disorders including the treatment of VC nodules and polyps, VC paralysis and spasmodic dysphonia.
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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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