Clinical Child Psychologist
After Noran earned her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Ain-shams university in 2015, she received her professional training at the Effective Learning Foundation (ELF) and worked there for four years. During that period, Noran worked with children with developmental delay, and neurodevelopmental disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), and learning disabilities, aged 2 to 14 years old. She provided one-on-one sessions to children to address their attention problems, cognition, social communication skills, and socioemotional difficulties such as behavioral problems with their peers and difficulties understanding and expressing their emotions. In her work with children, she used techniques of different types of therapy such as ABA, Floortime, and CBT.
After working for over one year with children, Noran was trained at the same foundation to evaluate children’s development, identify their areas of strengths and weaknesses, and develop their therapy plans. In the two years that followed, she did the initial screening for many children and assessed their progress periodically. She also worked with some parents to aid them in understanding and dealing with their children’s behaviors.
Noran then earned her MSc in children’s psychological disorders from Cardiff University, UK. The main focus was on understanding the development of ADHD, ASD, conduct disorder (CD), and anxiety disorders in childhood and early intervention for those conditions. Also, she attended workshops that integrated evidenced-based therapies into her work with children such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Narrative Therapy. Her thesis focused on the relationship between recognizing the facial emotions of others and anxiety symptoms in early and middle childhood.
Noran had an experience as a pre-school psychologist in a chain of nurseries where she observed children with academic and behavioral difficulties, identified areas of concern in their development, referred them to be tested in clinical settings and provided tailored classroom action plans that she delivered in individual training sessions for their teachers.
Noran follows a holistic approach that considers all aspects of the child’s development. She also adopts a systematic approach that views the child as an individual who affects and is also affected by the environment. That’s why Noran aims in her work with children to collaborate with the child’s parents and teachers to create a safe, understanding, and stimulating environment to foster positive change in the child’s behavior.