Educational Psychology

Educational services we provide

Al Ahlam Training Services – Educational Psychology Department serves students who have difficulties with learning and coping with the school environment. Many of the students that come to us are very talented, yet they struggle in school. We provide students learning strategies to raise their self-esteem and achieve academic success.

Our independent educational evaluations list the child’s specific strengths and identify challenges likely to affect their learning or behavior.

We help parents understand how to enable their child to learn; we advise educators and teachers on strategies and support to improve the child’s academic performance increase his self-confidence and develop success not only in school but also in life.

Our Testing & Evaluation services include

Classroom observation is also undertaken and detailed assessment reports and intervention recommendations are provided.

What they say about us


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SLN Teacher Al Batinah International School

“Massrat is a professional, she is well-prepared, knowledgeable, and timely. Her explanations of results are thorough and helpful. All the parents I have sent to her, have been happy with her service...”

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Jane Frances Parent

“My daughter was very comfortable with her which was quite important to me to ensure that we got reliable results from the tests. I appreciated the time she took to explain the required test before the sessions commenced and afterwards she also took time to explain the report to me and provided further clarifications to my questions......”

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Danny Harrison Principal | Azzan Bin Qais Intl. School

“It is reassuring to know we have such professional support available. I was also very impressed by the way Massrat sticks to facts and does not allow personalities and emotions to cloud the real issue.”

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Ursula Milner Special Education and Learning Support Coordinator | Al Ruwad International School

“Massrat takes the time to ensure that both families and schools understand the implications of the reports and she is always available for questions and clarifications. We are very happy to be working with Massrat Shaikh and we highly recommend her......”

Learning Disabilities

Learning disabilities take many forms and are usually not recognized until the child reaches school age. Too often, students are erroneously labeled as slow witted, insolent or lazy. They are constantly being harassed to work harder by anxious adults concerned about their academic performance.

When the usual tactics of reward and punishment fail, parents and teachers become frustrated but, no one is more frustrated than the students themselves. The most depressing words in the English language has to be, “just try harder” says a student whose disabilities were finally identified in high school. “I was trying but because I wasn’t succeeding nobody believed me.

Students who have learning disabilities may exhibit a wide range of traits, including problems with reading, comprehension, spoken language, writing or reasoning ability. Symptoms such as uneven and unpredictable test performance, perceptual impairments, motor difficulties, and behaviors such as impulsiveness, low tolerance for frustration, and problems in handling day-to-day social interactions and situations can also indicate an underlying difficulty.

Educational Psychology

Causes of Learning Disabilities

Some children develop and mature at a slower rate than others in the same age group. As a result, they may not be able to do the expected school work and hence fall behind. Some children with normal vision and hearing may misinterpret everyday sights and sounds as a result of having a nonverbal learning difficulty of the nervous system. Injuries before birth or in early childhood can also account for some learning problems. Children born prematurely and children who had medical problems soon after birth have been noted to have learning disabilities. It has been observed that learning disabilities tend to run in families and can be inherited. It should also be noted that learning disabilities are more common in boys than girls, possibly because boys tend to mature more slowly.
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Symptoms of Learning Disabilities

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Assesment & Learning Disabilities

Teachers are sometimes the first to notice a learning difficulty in a student because they are comparing their performance with their peers in the classroom. Teachers raise their concerns with the parents and a psychological assessment can be recommended to discover the nature and extent of the student’s difficulties. Sometimes parents notice symptoms of learning disability at home and may approach us directly for help. Whatever the circumstance, any child showing indication of learning difficulty should be referred to an educational psychologist for evaluation. This should be done as soon as possible since intervention at an early stage will enhance the child’s ability to develop and maximize his potential.