These frequently asked questions are intended as guidelines and helpful information in aiding parents and caregivers in decisions regarding their child’s education. Should you have concerns regarding your child’s development, we urge you and your child to visit Mind Institute for an evaluation by our qualified therapists and specialists.

What are special needs?

A child with special needs is one who requires some form of special care due to physical, mental, emotional or health reasons. Because each child is unique and has unique needs, no single approach to caring for children with special needs can be applied to all children, even those with the same disability or special need.

What is Early Intervention?

Early intervention is aimed at 0-5 year olds who are at risk or who already demonstrate delays or disabilities of a physical, cognitive or communicative nature. It combines group and individual therapy sessions within a fun and structured setting.

How do I know if my child needs therapy services?

Children all develop at different rates and their development is monitored by checking whether children are achieving various important milestones related to physical, emotional, social, linguistic (speech and language) or behavioral aspects. If you suspect that your child may have a speech or language concern, a gross or fine motor problem, or difficulty processing sensory information, an evaluation may be required.

If you have any questions, our intake team can discuss any concerns or answer any questions in an intake assessment, where they will initially screen your child.

What are Psychology services?

Child and adolescent psychology services is a group of highly-trained and experienced psychologists offering face to face individual therapy to children and adolescents up to age eighteen.

The diverse skills and theoretical orientations offered by the therapists enable us to assess, provide psychological explanations and to deliver therapy that is tailored to your individual needs.

Many children and adolescents feel anxious, depressed, overwhelmed, or homesick at some point during their college experience, and need help dealing with their feelings or problems. Common concerns are family stress, concerns about alcohol and substance use, struggles in relationships, difficulties in making friends, academic challenges, among others.

What is Occupational Therapy?

Occupational therapy provides interventions for children who have or are at risk of having developmental delays. They may be experiencing difficulties functioning in one or more areas of their lives.

Occupational therapy will facilitate the child’s performance of co-ordinated gross and fine motor skills, promote listening skills, social play and interaction skills, self regulation skills, executive functioning as well as self-care skills, feeding skills ,handwriting etc. Other focus areas may include helping children to develop sensory coping strategies, improve their memory, perceptual skills, abstract reasoning, problem solving, motor planning and developing effective sleep hygiene routines.

The occupational therapy service at Mind Institute aims to provide a personalized and holistic package of care for each child, which reflects their individual strengths and needs and is in line with their aims and aspirations, and the aims of those who care for them.

What is Speech and Language Therapy?

Speech and language therapy refers to providing support, care and treatment to people who have difficulty communicating or with feeding and swallowing.

People with communication difficulties can find it difficult to form words, talk clearly, express their ideas or understand spoken language. Communication difficulties can also relate to knowing how to use language appropriately and how to form positive relationships with others.

The speech and language therapy service at the Mind Institute aims to provide a personalized and holistic package of care for each child, which reflects their individual strengths and needs and is in line with their aims and aspirations, and the aims of those who care for them.

What is Physical Therapy?

Physical therapy uses specific exercises and equipment to help children maintain , regain and improve their physical abilities and promote participation in home, school and daily life activities.

Physical therapy will help facilitate the child’s performance of developmental activities such as crawling and walking, flexibility (increasing their range of motion), balance and coordination and adaptive play.

How long will my child be in therapy?

This differs from one child to the other; based on the level of functioning at the time of joining MI as well as on the progress achieved with therapy and the child’s daily schedule. This is something that is discussed with parents / caregivers during the parent interview.

What does an assessment consist of and how long does it take?

The type, number, and duration of assessments needed differ from one child to the other; depending on his/her areas of need and strength, level of cooperation and the assessment tools being used. However, at MI professionals do their best to have all evaluations carried out in optimal duration so that the child receives the needed services as soon as possible.

How is therapy at MI different to other centers?

Mind Institute is a state of the art therapy center that provides the latest tools, technologies and resources for assessment and treatment. We offer large, bright therapy rooms filled with natural light along with a large gym area with a variety of suspended equipment. Our multi-lingual team consists of highly qualified therapists, that were hand picked due to their outstanding ethos, work and experience.

Does Mind Instuite offer tri-lingual therapy services?

Yes, tri-lingual services are available in Arabic, English and French.

How am I involved in my child’s therapy?

Mind Institute values partnership and transparency with the parents of each child. Our therapists take the time to meet parents and build long-lasting relationships. Our therapists may invite parents to participate in sessions to learn about techniques and strategies to implement at home, teaching parents to include therapy strategies into their child’s daily routine.

Is it important for parents to be present during therapy sessions?

This is dependent on how your child engages in therapy with their parents present, therefore you will need to ask your therapist. In some cases, we need the parents’ presence to have a triangular approach or to reassure the child/ discuss the reason of his/ her visit.

Parents are usually not required to be there for the entire duration of the therapy session, except in a few cases. In most instances, the therapists will work with the child only to gain their trust and to receive more accurate results. Occupational therapists, however, may encourage parent participation so parents can follow on with home activities.

However, if advised by the therapist it is important that one of the parents/ caregivers be there for the last 5-10 minutes of the session to discuss all objectives that have been worked on and to ask any questions they might have from previous sessions or any other inquiries they might have.

What should I tell my child about therapy?

Setting a tone of openness and honesty right from the start will be an important part of creating a positive therapeutic experience. Once you’ve identified the problem and offered compassion, tell your child that you are going along with them to support them with this. That they are going to see someone who can help things feel better and go smoother at home or school. Explain that everyone may need some extra help and support at times in their life and that the therapist will help them to understand their feelings and worries by playing and talking about them. Describe how therapists are trained to listen, understand and work together with them, that they like children and he/she has helped a lot of children like them.

This can be discussed in further detail with your child’s case manager during the intake process once a therapy plan has been put in place.

Is there a waiting list?

Currently, we have openings in all of our therapy services. However, some timings are harder to obtain than others. Generally, if you start your child’s therapy sessions at a less favorable time, we will attempt to move you to a more favorable time as it becomes available.

In the case of a waiting list for any service, an initial consultation will be scheduled to give parents an overview of the frequency and type of service recommended. Parents will then be contacted as soon as space is available.

Do you charge per session or series of sessions?

There are different fee structures depending on the service the client requires. We have monthly and advance payment packages available, however, we require all parents to sign up for a treatment plan committing to a set session time and bringing their child in regularly .

Is it important for my child to attend session regularly?

Regular attendance is essential to your child’s growth in therapy in order to make continued progress in achieving goals.

We understand that sickness can occur and with busy schedules there can be times you cannot make a therapy appointment. However, parents are responsible for ensuring their child is present for at least 80% of scheduled therapy sessions.

What should I do if I need to cancel a session?

Mind Institute requires a 24 hour advanced notice if you should need to cancel a session. Please ensure all cancellations of sessions are done via phone. Mind Institute does not accept cancellations via email.

Repeat cancellations may result in the loss of your regularly scheduled time slot. Mind Institute considers three consecutive cancellations, no shows, or 50% cancellations within a 3 month period as a reason to adhere to this policy.

What happens if I do not show up for my scheduled session?

Clients who do not attend appointments are contacted and reminded of their missed appointment either by telephone or email.

If a 24 hour advance notice is not given or a client fails to show up for a scheduled session, you will be charged a no show fee of 150 QAR. No show fees will be due prior to scheduling any further appointments. Please note we do not schedule make-up sessions for “No call/No show” cases.