Our Team

Speech & Language Department


Sahar Ilyas: Head Speech and Language Pathologist

She qualified as a Speech and Language Pathologist with a distinction from FMH College of Medicine and Dentistry and is currently a student of MS Speech and Language Pathology at RIPHAH International University. Her academic record is incomparable with an achievement of six silver medals and a gold medal through her Bachelors. Sahar obtained excellence in her field through rotation placement in Combined Military Hospital, Amin Maktab Centre, Fountain House and Sheikh Zayed Medical Hospital during her graduation. Her training includes her attendance in various workshops throughout her academic and professional career. Some of these workshops are ‘The Developing Brain’ conducted by Dr. Zebulon Taintor, seminar on ‘Karismath’ conducted by Shad Moarif, workshop on ‘Speech and Language Therapy’ at Govt. Training College for Teachers of the Deaf, ‘International Audiology Speech and Language Therapy Workshop, ‘16th Annual International Conference of Pakistan Society for Rheumatology (PSR), ‘Adolescent Stuttering’ & ‘Stimulating Language Development in Children’ by Katie Pennycuick and ‘Behavior Problems in Children’ by Dr. Mariam Haider in the year 2015.
Sahar has been working with LCC since 2012 and has worked closely with Jackie Harland for her initial few months of employment. She is experienced in assessing disorders related to speech, language, cognitive-communication, learning, voice, and fluency. She provides therapy on one-to-one basis and in groups to the children with autism, Down's syndrome, Cerebral Palsy, hearing loss/deafness, attention deficits, communication disorders, specific learning and language difficulties, speech delays and disorders. She carries out School based assessments as well as provides therapy in schools to the children with articulation, phonology, literacy, language and communication difficulties. Sahar writes detailed assessment reports, providing appropriate intervention and evaluating outcomes. She works closely with children, parents, schools, teachers, SENCO’s etc. to make decisions relative to children for their progress.

Madiha Islam: Speech and Language Pathologist

Madiha Islam joined Lahore Children’s Centre early in 2015. While she completed her Master’s Degree in Speech and Language Pathology from Riphah International University, she gained practical knowledge by first interning and then working permanently for LCC. She currently carries out one-on-one speech therapy sessions with adolescents, speech fluency sessions with teenagers and adults and school based learning program at various local schools.
Madiha has always devoted her time to gaining knowledge on clinical and therapeutic experience by attending conferences, workshops and taking courses on the concerned subjects. She has attended The International Conference of Applied Psychology (ICAPP) and Pre-Conference Workshop on ‘Developing Cultural sensitivity and self –Awareness for Effective Therapeutic Communication’ in 2012. Additionally, she has earned a 22 Credits certificate by attending the ‘World Psychiatric Association Educational, 3rd Asia Pacific Conference’, achieved maximum knowledge on psych- social Rehabilitation through the ‘8th International psychiatric conference 2013’, attended workshops by Katie Pennycuick on ‘Adolescent Stuttering’ & ‘Stimulating Language Development in Children’ and Dr. Mariam Haider’s seminar on ‘Behavior Problems in Children’ in the year 2015. Her knowledge from the ‘1st International conference on Rehabilitation Sciences (ICRS-2014)’ aids her in her professional development that she uses for helping clients at LCC.

Saher Babar: Speech and Language Pathologist

Saher Babar shows her commitment to professional development through her hard work at Lahore Children's Centre. She recently completed her Bachelors in Speech and Language Pathology from The School of Allied Health Sciences and since then has worked continuously with children who need her assistance. Prior to joining LCC she has a vast experience in therapy through rotation placement in Sheikh Zaid Hospital, Mayo Hospital and The Children's Hospital. Sahar has always believed that to excel in your chosen field, you have to give it your utmost. Therefore, she regularly attends conferences and workshops like the 1st international Cerebral Palsy Conference (2015) at Rashid Latif Medical College, 9th Annual Symposium 2012 The Children's Hospital and The Institute of Child Health, 10th Annual Symposium 2013 The Children's Hospital.
Saher works in the capacity of an Assistant Speech and Language Pathologist for Lahore Children's Centre and is involved in one-on-one therapy sessions with young clients. She employs different strategies like PECS and visual board to help her clients in developing their speech and language skills..

Maryam Kamran: Speech and Language Pathologist

Maryam has been with LCC since its initial years. She has done MSc. (Applied Psychology) and MS in Speech and Language Pathology from the University of the Punjab. She has gained expertise in her field through various short courses, workshops and seminars including Childhood Communication Impairment Course (CCI) in 2013 that accredited her 60 units from Anglia Ruskin University, ‘Social Communication difficulty & Language Processing for Learning’ by Jackie Harland, ‘The Developing Brain’ by Dr. Zebulon Taintor and ‘Karismath’ conducted by Shad Moarif. Maryam is devoted to the field of Speech and Language therapy and has experience of more than 10 years. During her professional career she has worked in conjunction with foreign and local therapists to gain expertise in this field. She also worked closely with Jackie Harland (CCC SLP) and other lead therapists.

Maryam has diversified experience of working with children having developmental delays and disabilities, speech Delay/ Disorder, language Delay /disorder; higher order Language difficulties, verbal dyspraxia, speech sound disorders, voice, and fluency disorders. Maryam has special interest in complex need and Autism spectrum disorder (ASD). She has performed Pakistan’s first outcome research while carrying out her MS –SLP on Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), which includes rigorous involvement of parents and teachers. In addition, Maryam is also trained in Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), total communication, floor time, along with being trained in SCERTS and Visualization.

Hannah: Speech and Language Pathologist

Hannah Mendoza is a newly qualified speech and language pathologist, graduating from City University, London, UK in 2017. She has worked with a variety of clients including early years children (0-5) in both clinic and school settings, adults with complex mental health needs in a hospital setting, and in mainstream primary and secondary schools with an Additional Resource Provision (ARP). Hannah has experience delivering intervention with children with more complex needs including autism, Down’s Syndrome and selective mutism. She is experienced in leading both 1:1 and group therapy. Hannah has also carried out parent/teacher liaison and training, as well as delivering Adult/Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (A/PCIT).
Hannah holds two previous MA degrees in Arabic and Spanish, and International Relations and General Diplomacy.

Sara Siddiqui: Speech and Language Pathologist

Sara Siddiqui- Occupational Therapist has qualified from School of Allied Health Sciences, Children Hospital, Lahore. She joined Lahore Children Center early in 2017. She has gained a vast experience in treating children, adults and geriatrics with sensory,motor and mental disorders through rotation in Children hospital, Rising sun and PSRD. She currently carries out one-on-one occupational therapy sessions with clients having physical, sensory and cognitive issues. For polishing her professional skills, she has attended "seminar on management of Cerebral Palsy", "workshop on Sensory Dysfunction and Sensory Integration Therapy","11th annual symposium, 2016 ,The Children's Hospital"," 1st UHS allied health sciences conference" and "12th annual symposium, 2017, The Children's Hospital".

Khadija Gohar: Speech and Language Pathologist

Khadija Gohar joined Lahore Children's Centre in 2016. She qualified Speech and Language Pathologist from FMH College of Medicine & Dentistry Lahore. She shows her commitment to professional development through her hardwork at Lahore Children's Centre. Khadija obtained excellence in her field through rotation placement in Combined Military Hospital Lahore, Shaikh Zayed Hospital Lahore, Amina Maktab, Fountain House. She got her professional training from Federal Post Graduate Medical Institute in Speech Therapy department at Shaikh Zayed Post Graduate Medical Institute. She currently carries out one-on-one speech therapy sessions and group sessions with toddlers, pre-school children, school children, adolescents, teenagers and adults and school base learning program at various local schools.

For her professional development, Khadija has attended various workshops on 1st International cerebral palsy conference at Rashid Latif Medical College Lahore, Assessment and management of dysphagia, sensory integration therapy, Assessment of language in special children, Applied behavior analysis (ABA) in practice, Behavioural interventions in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), 1st international one day seminar on management of cleft lip amd palate and Managing bullying among young children. Khadija provides therapy on one-on-one basis or group sessions to children with articulation, litracy, language and communication difficulties.

Dr. Tanya Soomro: Consultant Paediatrician

MBBS (King’s College London) MRCPCh (London) DCH( London)
MSc Global Health and Infectious Diseases (Edinburgh)


Dr Soomro is a consultant paediatrician with expertise in developmental paediatrics, paediatric and preterm nutrition, neonatology and global health/infectious diseases.

She is a member of the Association for Research in Infant and Child Development (ARICD) and has ARICD certification to administer the Griffiths Mental Developmental Scales, the gold standard for paediatric developmental assessments for children under 6 years of age. Dr. Soomro sees children aged from birth to 16 years of age for medical consultations, immunisations, well-baby checks, health advice, feeding difficulties, common problems such as bedwetting and constipation, developmental delay, learning difficulties and autism spectrum disorder. She provides neurodevelopmental follow up for any child who was premature, low birthweight, or had any complications during or after delivery. She obtained her MBBS degree from King’s College London, with a Distinction in Surgery and the McDowall Prize in Physiology. She trained in Paediatrics, Neonatology and Developmental Paediatrics in London. She is a member of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, London, and obtained her MRCPCh and DCH in 2004. Dr. Soomro has a Masters in Science (MSc) in Global Health and Infectious Diseases from the University of Edinburgh. She is registered as a medical practitioner by both the GMC and the PMDC.

Dr Soomro has expertise in the management of nutritional problems in babies and children. She has completed a 6 month Postgraduate program in Paediatric Nutrition (PGPN) from Boston University and is due to complete a 6 month International Program on Preterm Nutrition (IPPN) from the University of Western Australia. Dr. Soomro is certified as a master trainer for the WHO IMNCI (Integrated Management of Neonatal and Child Illness) strategy. She has numerous research publications from her time at the Aga Khan University Hospital, where she worked on a large scale systematic literature review on interventions to reduce stillbirths globally. The research was done in collaboration with John Hopkins University Hospital and was funded by Save the Children and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

She has been working as a Consultant Paediatrician in Fatima Memorial Hospital since 2007.

Family Support Services


Shagufta Hassan: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Shagufta Hassan is a licensed Marriage and Family therapist. She did her Masters in Psychology from Seton Hall University in New Jersey, USA. Followed by a two year training course in Marriage & Family Therapy at Seton Hall University, New Jersey. She has almost 10 years of experience in treating families, couples, adolescents and children at a Community Mental Agency where she coordinated the sexual abuse and domestic violence program. She also facilitated group therapy for women with postpartum depression. In her private practice in New Jersey she provided 45 minute one-on-one counseling to adolescent and post adolescent females with self-esteem and relational issues. She has extensive experience in treating people with mood disorders, children's conduct disorders, adolescent adjustment disorders and eating disorders in young adult women. She has helped parents of children on the autism spectrum and chronic physical illnesses deal with the anxieties related to these issues. Research indicates that family therapy or counseling acts as a supportive tool for families dealing with behavioral or developmental challenges in their children. She is a member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy.

Behavioural and Educational Psychology


Dr. Mariam Haider – Educational Psychologist

Dr. Mariam Haider has more than 16 years of clinical experience with children, adults, and families. Her areas of expertise include conducting comprehensive psychological and psycho-educational assessments of children and teens with various developmental, academic, emotional and behavioural problems. This encompasses assessing Global Developmental Delays, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, anxiety and depression etc. She is also trained to conduct ADHD assessments for adults. Before joining Lahore Children’s Centre, Dr. Haider has worked as a therapist at Mindspace Clinic, a private clinic in Montreal, Canada. Moreover, Dr. Haider has received training in cognitive behaviour therapy and conducts cognitive behaviour therapy sessions with children ranging from 8 to 18 years.

Dr. Mariam Haider obtained her Ph.D. in Applied Child/School Psychology at the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University, Montreal, Canada. After completing her doctoral degree, she taught a masters-level course at McGill University which trained teachers in dealing with emotional and behavioural problems among school children. She has also worked as a Research Associate at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and the SMBD-Jewish General Hospital.

Mahrukh Aslam: Clinical Psychologist

Mahrukh qualified as a Clinical Psychologist from the Beaconhouse National Univerity, Lahore after completing MS/ M.Phil degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. She has over three years of experience provided extensive evaluation, treatment and psychotherapy sessions to children, adolescents, and adults.

Her thesis focused on the effect that the marital quality of parents has on their children’s academic achievements. Her experience as an intern at renowned places like Ganga Ram Hospital, Mayo Hospital, and Jinnah Hospital, taught her that besides marital quality, other factors ranging from the macro to the micro level also play an important role in hindering the academic and social functioning of children.

For her professional development, Mahrukh has attended various workshops on, “Management of Behavior Problems in Children,” “Child Abuse and Neglect,” and How to develop an IEP for children with Developmental delays,” presented by the Institute of Psychology at Beaconhouse National University in Lahore.

Consultants


Davide Galante

Davide qualified as a teacher of English as a foreign language in 2010 and worked in the UK and in Russia with adults and children. He later obtained his Master’s Degree in Applied Linguistics and developed an interest in multilingualism, language impairment and delay.

Since he joined the London children’s Practice in October 2015 he has worked with a wide range of clients both in clinic and in school, and has delivered intervention for children with autism, helping them with social skills and language development.

He has assisted with delivering therapy using the Lidcombe Programme, he has provided literacy support to children in KS1 and core vocabulary development for KS2. He has also supported children with handwriting difficulties.

Administration Team


Kainat Mehdi: Appointment Manager

Madiha Mehdi: Appointment’s Manager

Waqas Riaz: Account Executive

Muhammad Salman Akbar: Administration Officer