Speech and Language Therapist - Arabic & English M.S-SLP

Hala received her Bachelor in Hearing and Speech sciences from University of
Jordan in June 2013. She has then obtained her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from The University of Jordan in June 2017. Hala has dealt with clients of different age groups working across various clinical settings including a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation center, and in the mainstream school in Amman, Jordan. She is passionate about helping children and adults utilize strategies to develop functional communication skills. She has extensive experience working with children difficulties in speech and language including articulation errors, phonological processes, stuttering, apraxia in addition to hearing loss, cochlear implant, and auditory processing disorder. She has also worked with children presenting with Neurodevelopment Disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) as well as Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Global Developmental Delay (GDD). Hala is able to alsonprovide therapy for patients with swallowing and voice disorders. She strongly values multidisciplinary and parent collaboration in order to maximize a child’s
potential across all environments.

Hala is a (PROMPT Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets )trained therapist. The technique is a tactile-kinesthetic approach that uses touch cues
to a patient’s articulators (jaw, tongue, lips) to manually guide them through a
targeted word, phrase or sentence. This technique is appropriate for a wide range of patients with communication disorders such as Apraxia / Dyspraxia, Dysarthria, Brain injuries, Cerebral Palsy and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She has also been certified in OPT level 1& 2. OPT is an acronym for Oral Placement Therapy speech therapy treatment approach which utilizes a combination of: (1) auditory
stimulation, (2) visual stimulation and (3) tactile stimulation to the mouth to improve speech clarity.
In 2018, Hala completed her training in Lidcombe program. The Lidcombe Program is a behavioral treatment for children who stutter who are younger than 6 years. It may be suitable for some older children. The treatment is administered by a parent or career in the child's everyday environment. The Parents learn how to do the treatment during weekly visits to the speech-language pathologist.

In addition , Hala was completed her training in HANEN Programs (More Than
Words and It Takes to Talk). The More Than Words Program was designed
specifically for parents of children ages 5 and under on the autism spectrum and with other social communication difficulties. Addressing the unique needs of these children, the program provides parents with the tools, strategies and support they need to help their children reach their full communication potential.


The It Takes Two to Talk Program is designed specifically for parents of young
children (from birth to 5 years of age) who have been identified as having a language delay. In a small, personalized group setting, parents learn practical strategies to help their children learn language naturally throughout their day together.


In 2019, Hala completed her training in ADOS-2. The ADOS-2 is an acronym
for Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, Second Edition . ADOS-2 is an
observational assessment of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs). It is a semi-
structured, standardized assessment of communication, social interaction, play, andrestricted and repetitive behaviors. It presents various activities that elicit behaviors directly related to a diagnosis of ASD. By observing and coding these behaviors, therapist can obtain information that informs diagnosis, treatment planning, and educational placement.

In addition, Hala has additional training in the following approaches: Talk Tools
level three therapist, Lindamood Bell, Michelle Garcia Winner’s Social-Cognitive
Development Program, McNeill Dysphagia Therapy Program, and NMES and
sEMG in Dysphagia Management: The Guardian Way.


Currently, Hala is working as a head specialist for a child and adolescent
department at Maria Den Braven center- Amman / Jordan

Summary

Hala received her Bachelor in Hearing and Speech sciences from University of
Jordan in June 2013. She has then obtained her Master’s degree in Speech and Language Pathology from The University of Jordan in June 2017. Hala has dealtwith clients of different age groups working across various clinical settings including a multi-disciplinary rehabilitation center, and in the mainstream school in Amman –Jordan. She is passionate about helping children and adults utilize strategies to develop functional communication skills. Hala has extensive experience working with children and adults’ difficulties in speech and language including articulation errors, phonological processes, fluency disorders, dysphagia and feeding problems, apraxia in addition to hearing loss, cochlear implant, selective mutism and auditory processing disorder. She has also worked with children presenting with Neurodevelopment Disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD) as well as Down’s Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Global Developmental Delay (GDD). Hala can provide therapy for patients with swallowing and voice disorders.