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  • Ahmad Alkhateeb

    Speech and Language Therapist

    • BSc Audiology and Speech Pathology, Jordan University of Science and Technology
    Ahmad is a licensed Speech Pathologist who gained his Bachelor’s Degree in Audiology and Speech Pathology from Jordan University of Science and Technology. Ahmad is a bilingual therapist who demonstrates great determination when working through obstacles in order to reach significant progress with his clients.

    Ahmad is a caring professional who has a great passion for working with children. He has experience working with a variety of different age groups and cases including verbal and non-verbal clients. Ahmad analyses the speech and language disorders and creates a playful way to provide therapy sessions.

    Ahmad is experienced in assessing and developing receptive and expressive language. He is able to use Alternative and Augmentative Communication (AAC), PECS program and American sign language. Ahmad also received extensive training in session management and (ABLLS) program.

    Ahmad is excited to have joined the Mind Institute team and looks forward to developing his client base here in Qatar.

    “Every child Is gifted, they just unwrap their packages at different times”

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  • Leo Anstey

    Special Education Shadow Teacher

    Leo is an experienced shadow teacher from the UK. He has been working with children with special educational needs since 2008. His first experience was at a summer camp in the USA specializing in SEN working as a ‘camp counselor’. Leo has a wide range of experience supporting children in mainstream schools and private centers on a 1:1 and group basis. He is a strong believer in continued professional development and has attended training courses such as PECS. Leo is also a qualified Personal Physical Trainer and Nutritionist, which he feels adds another dimension to the support he is able to offer. Leo finds working with children and young people rewarding and believes all children should be treated equally. His goal is to provide each child with the chance to reach their full potential.

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  • Gillian Mind Institute Staff Board Certified Behavior Analyst


    Board Certified Behavior Analyst

    Gillian has been working with children for over 9 years, supporting them with daily living skills, social skills, functional communication, and academics. Also, she has 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 home as a Behavioral Interventionist.

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

    “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

    Amal Ahmed

    Special Educator

    Amal Ahmed 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 Ahmed believes in continued professional development. So she has attended many workshops including teaching methods of special education. Also, she has attended workshops in teaching technique and Support Learning Program (SLP).

    Moreover, she joined workshops of 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. Besides helping 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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  • Hafsa Fiaz

    Senior Speech and Language Therapist

    • MS Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences; University of Lahore, Pakistan
    • B.Sc. Hons. Speech and Language Pathology; University of Health Sciences, Pakistan.
    Hafsa received her BS Honors degree in Speech and Language Pathology with distinction and then she pursued a Masters in Speech-Language and Hearing Sciences. During her undergraduate and graduate studies, she had multiple opportunities to work with children and adolescents with a variety of communication disorders.

    Hafsa has worked within the hospital, school, and private practice setting and feels her expertise lies in school-age pediatric speech and language work. She previously worked specifically on a Developmental Assessment Team and with the IEP (Individualized Educational Program) team and she strongly believes in collaborating with other professionals, in order to achieve the strongest therapeutic outcomes for her clients. Hafsa

    Hafsa holds the collaboration with Interpreters certificate from ASHA (American Speech-Language-Hearing Association), Trauma Course Certification from KEMU (King Edward Medical University), Clinical rotation certificate from Children Hospital and has attended various workshops such as SCERTS Model, Makaton Sign Language, PECS and TEACCH Program. She has also presented her research work in various national and international conferences that include oral presentations in the 12th Annual Symposium of Children Hospital and Institute of Child Health, Lahore, Pakistan and in 3rd International Rehabilitation Sciences Conference, Islamabad, Pakistan. In August 2017, her research work got published in ‘International Journal of Rehabilitation Sciences’.

    Her mission is to help a child to identify, manage and overcome the specific difficulties that interfere with communication.

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  • Farhiya Abdi

    Farhiya Abdi

    Speech and Language Therapist

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

    Farhiya Abdi is an enthusiastic and compassionate speech and language therapist.  She has a commitment to helping her clients achieve their potential.

    Farhiya Abdi graduated from City, the University of London with a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Speech and Language Therapy. Also, she has licensed by the Health Care Professional Council (HCPC) in the United Kingdom. Moreover, she has a registration with the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists (RCSLT).

    Farhiya Abdi is 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. Also, she can provide individual and/or group therapy in all settings.

    Farhiya Abdi has supported children with social communication difficulties, speech and language delays, and disorders. Besides her long experience working within a multi-disciplinary environment and a multi-ethnic community.

    Her specific interest in 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

    Arabic Senior Psychologist  

    • Master’s Degree from University of Arts and Human Sciences, Tunisia.
    • Bachelor’s 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 Hedi completed his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology and Applied Pathology from the University of Arts and Human Science, Tunisia. Also, 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. Moreover, Mohamed Hedi aims to support children, adolescents, and adults through developing an individual treatment plan. Besides 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

    Prerna Paul

    Senior Clinical Psychologist

    • M.Phil Clinical Psychology; Institute of Behavioural Sciences, India
    • MS Psychology; University of Delhi, India
    Prerna Paul 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 besides her over 4 years of experience working as an independent therapist. Moreover, Prerna Paul has extensive clinical experience in diagnosis and intervention of children with varied developmental and behavioral difficulties including intellectual delays, ASD, attention deficits and conduct issues along with problems of anxiety and mood.

    Prerna Paul’s clinical practice involves focusing on the various behavioral, 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. Also, Prerna has a keen interest in building emotionally safe communities for children which nurtures worthiness and creative learning.
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  • Christy Johncy Mind Institute

    Christy Johncy

    Speech and Language Therapist

    • BSC Speech and Language Pathology and Audiology; University of Banglore, India.
    Christy Johncy is a licensed pediatric speech and language therapist with extensive clinical experience in working with children and families. Also, Christy Johncy is a registered member of RCI (Rehabilitation Council of India) and ISHA (Indian Speech and Hearing Association). Christy has a bachelor’s 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 Johncy is a committed speech and language therapist skilled in working with children individually as well as in groups. She has practiced speech therapy in a number of settings to include public schools, private schools, and clinics.  However, the majority of her experience is 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, a qualified early childhood educator, specializes in Special Education

    Fatimeh Hussien

    Special Educator

    Fatimeh Hussien, 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 caring teacher, versed in learning theories and practices. She holds a Master’s Degree in Child Care and Education. Also, Fatimeh Hussien has completed Teachers Training in Special Education from British Council UK and a diploma in Child Psychology from Stonebridge University UK. while she was 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 to identify children 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. Fatimeh has designed an online consultation program called ‘CHIILD’ that delivers customized services to meet the various needs of children. Fatimeh is now doing her research work on the importance of storytelling and its impact on special education. Moreover, she has been an active participant in various national and international seminars and conferences.

    Fatimeh Hussien 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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