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Andria Calicchio graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Honours in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa, in 2008. Soon after graduating, she worked for a government hospital in South Africa as part of her community service, where she set up both a NICU feeding clinic and audiology out-patient clinic.  

After working within a private practice in South Africa for 2 years, where she saw both paediatric and adult patients, she decided to move to Dubai. Andria worked at a private medical centre in Dubai for 4 years, focusing on paediatrics and school-based therapy. She has provided one to one sessions, group sessions as well as multi-disciplinary sessions, and classroom-based activities. She has experience in oral-motor therapy, stuttering therapy, auditory processing therapy, visual-auditory based therapy for hearing impaired, and language therapy. She is also certified in interactive metronome and completed levels 1 – 3 of the Orton Gillingham dyslexia program.

Andria’s main focus and passion are on early intervention therapy and inclusion of children with learning difficulties and developmental disorders within mainstream schools. She previously held a position of Head of Schools in which she oversaw all therapy-based interventions within schools, assisted schools with the training of staff and helped develop therapy within mainstream schools within Dubai. Andria’s focus was also on training both teachers and parents in childhood disorders, as well as provided workshops where needed.

Andria bases all therapy and intervention within the importance of the patient’s triad within their life: school/work/environment, family and therapy. She strongly feels that all aspects need to work together in order to fully assist any patient. With a passion for inclusion, Andria is currently completing her masters in inclusive education in Dubai schools, focusing on early years and hearing-impaired learners.

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Dr. Zoe Garside Behavioural Therapy

Dr. Zoe Garside Behavioural Therapy

Zoe moved to Dubai in 2015 and provides clinic-based applied behaviour analysis (ABA) therapy to children with developmental delays. Since then, Zoe has gone on to supervise home-based and school-based ABA therapy, for children aged 2-14, and run a behaviour analytic centre in a GEMS school. She has also supervised candidates for RBT, BCaBA and BCBA board certification.

Zoe is highly specialised in teaching language, communication and pre-academic skills to children, using Skinner’s analysis of verbal behaviour. Using the evidence-based and data-driven methods of Applied Behaviour Analysis, Zoe conducts assessments, and designs, evaluates and supervises individualised teaching programmes to best support the children. Zoe assesses language and communication skills, pre-learning skills, play skills, school readiness skills, functional living skills, independent living skills, social skills and some academics. She provides training and supervision to the team of Registered Behaviour Technicians (RBT), who deliver ABA therapy. Zoe can also train parents, teachers and paraprofessionals how to teach communication, play and leisure skills, social skills, self-help skills and daily living skills.

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Dr. Majel Padilla Behavioural Therapy

Dr. Majel Padilla Behavioural Therapy

Majel Padilla is a Behavioral Therapist who graduated from UP-Dr. Jose G. Tamayo Medical University with a degree in Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy. She then developed a keen interest in Behavioural therapy for children during her professional working career and has subsequently cleared her Registered behavioral therapist exams.

Before joining Neuropedia, Majel served as a Behavioral Therapist in the Philippines and joined Austism UAE in January 2011. She handled children with the Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADD/ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Cerebral Palsy, Global Developmental Disorder, Down Syndrome which uses Behavior Modification Techniques and Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA).

Majel's clinical services include center-based, home-based and school setting therapies, focusing on targeting auditory comprehension, social skills, using visual strategies to help children with a communication problem.

Her teaching interest and knowledge was strengthened by experience, seminars and trainings conducted for both ABA and Physiotherapists.

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What is a psychologist?

A psychologist examines normal and abnormal mental states, looking into perceptual, cognitive, emotional, and social behaviours and exploring how individuals relate to each other and to their environments. As the study of the mind psychology doesn’t always involve therapy. The profession includes a very wide range of specialties, and the term ‘psychologist’ applies to varied roles. 

Some psychologists use their knowledge of the mind to solve real-world problems like mental illness. Others operate as social scientists who carry out psychological research and teach at universities. A Research Psychologists does experiments and conducts studies with humans or animals.  A Mental Health Psychologist works with those who are suffering from mental disorders or psychological distress, for example specialist school psychologists. It’s most likely you, as a patient, will see a mental health psychologist.

When to see a psychologist?

Life is all about challenges. But some challenges are easier to deal with than others. If you’re finding it impossible to move on from a loss, for example, if someone you love has died, a psychologist can help ease your pain, help you find your own way through it and emerge stronger.  

What conditions does a psychologist treat? 

A psychologist treats people with a broad range of issues, including: 

  • Serious stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Family problems
  • Relationship issues
  • Unhealthy habits
  • Addictions
  • Mental disorders

They can also help enhance your life, for example helping you achieve better mental clarity or improving your physical or mental performance. 

What subspecialties are included under psychology? 

There’s a long list of subspecialties around psychology, covering child psychology and clinical psychology, cognitive and perceptual, counselling, and developmental psychology. There’s educational psychology, engineering psychology, and separate disciplines for forensic, geriatric, industrial, organisational, school, social, personality, and sports psychology.  Last but not least there’s neuropsychology, studying the relationships between the brain and our behaviour.