About Donia Fahim, PhD
Donia Fahim, Ph.D., Cert. MRCSLT (UK), is a Specialist Speech and Language Therapist, International Educational Consultant, writer, and adventure/traveller who has devoted her life to improving the educational and therapeutic services of young children with special needs around the world. She is considered one of the leading experts in the field of early intervention, international special education, and speech-language therapy. She utilizes evidence-based practices with in-depth knowledge across disciplines. Dr. Fahim provides consultations in Europe, the Middle East North Africa and Asia.
As a writer, she has authored several peer reviewed journal articles on Autism Spectrum Disorders, Dual Language Learning, Specific Language Impairment (SLI), and meaningful inclusion of children in the school setting. Her first book, co-authored with Dr. Rhea Paul, Let’s Talk: Navigating Your Child’s Communication Services and Supports for Your Young Child with Autism, published by Brookes (2016), is now used as a text book and trusted resource by parents and professionals. She is currently working with Dr Jim Partington on the Arabic version of the ABLLS-R, as well as an Arabic version of Let’s Talk.
Autism Specialist & SLT London
Having relocated to her beloved home of London, UK, Dr. Fahim spent a decade working in New York City, USA, as a Professor, and later as a consultant for the ASD Nest Project (Autism Spectrum Disorders) at Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, New York University. While in NYC, she led the development of the Dual Language Program, the first program of its kind where children with ASD receive instruction in both Spanish and English. She was also responsible for the expansion of the Intensive Kindergarten Program with Professor Shirley Cohen.
Having said farewell to the USA, she continues to provide school consultations, in-service professional development, and program support to therapists, teachers, and parents around the world in London, Northern Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Speech & Language Therapy for Kids
Dr. Fahim continues to provide in-person and tele-therapy services for children, their parents, and educators. She has been combining Applied Behaviour Analysis with Developmental therapy approaches for more than 20 years.
Dr. Fahim was an Assistant Professor and Early Childhood Special Education Program Coordinator at Hunter College, CUNY from 2008 to 2013. She was an Associate Adjunct Professor in Speech-Language Pathology, at Sacred Heart University, CT from 2013 to 2018. She continues to collaborate with Dr Rhea Paul on a number of projects related to Autism and Speech-Language Therapy.
In 2010, she was the Co-Founder and the Co-Executive Director of Autism Friendly Spaces, Inc., a New York-based non-profit. She continues to support the AFS, Inc. mission as a Board Member.
Dr. Fahim loves to travel, and her work has taken her to almost every continent of the world. From 1998 to 2007, she served as Clinical Director and founding member of The Egyptian Society for Developing Skills of Special Needs Children, focusing on work with individuals with ASD and early intervention, where her focus was on developing organization-specific educational curriculum, clinical procedures and guidelines for special education for young children with special needs.
More About Dr. Donia Fahim
Born in the United Kingdom, Dr. Fahim obtained her B.Sc., M.A, and PhD from the University of London. She is a reviewer for the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA), Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and other leading peer reviewed journals in the field. She is a certified member of the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists, as well as a registered member of the Health and Care Professions Council.
Dr. Fahim has worked with: Advance Society, Learning Resource Centre, Nida Centre, Caritas (Egypt); Saudi Autistic Society (Saudi Arabia); the Patrick Centre (Nigeria); Early Years Centre, Montessori School of Amman (Jordan), and the Aarhus ASD Nest Program (Denmark).
Dr. Fahim has been an invited speaker at many leading international conferences and events hosted by both governmental and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). These include the National Council for Motherhood and Childhood in Egypt, UNESCO EFA (Education for All) conferences (Beirut); the Annual Autism Conference in Egypt, World Autism Congress and Exhibition in South Africa, the Stockholm Annual Autism Conference, the Saudi Autism awareness campaign.
She was a Keynote Speaker at the 2014 Saudi International Occupational Therapy Conference and has also received awards from the Saudi Ministry of Health for her contribution to parent training for families of children with ASD. She has appeared on national and international radio and television programmes in the US, Africa, and Asia.