Hadeel Alkurdi - High Hopes Dubai

Hadeel Alkurdi

Senior Occupational Therapist
DHA License Number: 26226758-002

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Hadeel Alkurdi, Senior Pediatric Occupational Therapist with 8+ years of experience. She’s dedicated to personalized care, neurodiversity, and inclusion, empowering individuals of diverse abilities.

Hadeel collaborates with an interdisciplinary team to help children reach their full potential. She holds a Bachelor’s in Occupational Therapy from the University of Jordan. Her expertise covers babies to school-aged children in clinics, special needs schools, and mainstream schools, offering individual and group therapy.

Passionate about fostering children’s independence, Hadeel advocates for inclusion. She’s trained in Sensory Integration, Hippotherapy, DIR-Floortime, ABA, Handwriting without Tears, Makaton sign language, and NDT.

Her experience spans autism, developmental delays, motor/genetic disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, and bilingual (Arabic/English) children. Fluent in both languages, Hadeel offers therapeutic support in both.


  • Ayres SI level 1 Certified “Theoretical Foundations of Sensory Integration: From Theory to Identification” University of Southern California Division of Occupational Therapy, 30 contact hours
  • Trained in vestibular and visual interventions under the guidance of Ms. Kim Barthel.
  • Completed a comprehensive workshop by Alexander Lopiccolo, gaining proficiency in sensorimotor techniques for effective therapy.
  • Hippotherapy Treatment Principles Certification: Certified in principles and techniques of hippotherapy, offering unique and innovative interventions.
  • Basic Life Support Certification: Trained in essential life-saving techniques, ensuring a safe therapeutic environment.
  • DIRFloortime: enhancing client-focused therapy strategies
  • British Makaton for Professionals Certification
  • Board Certified Autism Technician (BCAT), by Institute for Behavioral Training. Center for Autism & Related Disorders (CARD) / 40 hours.
  • Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization Certification: integrating developmental kinesiology approaches into therapy sessions.

HER Expertise

  • Attention deficit ADD/ADHD
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Birth injuries or defects- neural tube defects, microcephaly, congenital ataxia, Chiari malformation
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Chronic illnesses
  • Chronic pain patients
  • Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI)
  • Down Syndrome/Trisomy 21
  • Dyspraxia
  • Environmental Modifications
  • Epilepsy Disorders such as Dravet Syndrome
  • Executive Functioning Disorders (difficulties with organizing tasks, managing time, initiating activities, and completing assignments.)
  • Fatigue
  • Genetic and chromosomal conditions
  • Global Development Delay
  • Hand or Foot injuries
  • Hydrocephaly
  • Learning Difficulties including Dyslexia and Dysgraphia
  • Learning disabilities (handwriting, visual motor and visual perceptual difficulties)
  • Mental health or behavioural problems
  • Neurological deficits – Stroke, Guillian Barre syndrome
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Rare genetic diseases/chromosomal disorders such as CDKL5, Williams Syndrome, Angelman’s syndrome, Rett’s syndrome
  • Seating
  • Sensory Processing Disorder
  • Social Communication Disorders
  • Spina Bifida
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Traumatic brain injuries

Blogs by Hadeel Alkurdi

Sensory-Friendly Winter Break: A Guide to a Stress-Free Season
Sensory-Friendly Winter Break: A Guide to a Stress-Free Season
December 8th, 2023

You know how the holiday season is a magical time filled with love, laughter, and precious family traditions? Well, let’s keep it real as it…

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