Maria started working with children having learning difficulties or language delays in a specialized school and several clinics in Jounieh and Beirut, Lebanon, after her graduation in 2011.
She gained a wide range of experience in treating people suffering from stroke or any other neurological injury/ disease while working for 9 years in a neurorehabilitation center and doing home-based therapy sessions in Beirut.
In 2017, she earned an MSc in Neuropsychology from the Lebanese University, Neuro Research Center- Faculty of Medicine.
In her role as a rehab clinician, Maria developed programs for adults and provided comprehensive evaluations, skilled treatment, family counseling, and support, and collaborated with other professionals to address individual/family needs. She assisted in treating a variety of swallowing and communication issues resulting from stroke or head injury/surgery, neurologically-based speech and voice disorders, and cognitive-linguistic rehabilitation. Therapy is personalized to an individual’s needs, interests and hobbies.
She also provides group therapy to strengthen cognitive functions.
Her adult program includes evaluation and treatment in the following areas:
- Aphasia (acquired language disorder, receptive and/or expressive)
- Voice disorders, Dysphonia, and aphonia.
- Swallowing disorders
- Motor Speech Disorders, such as dysarthria/apraxia
- Alexia/agraphia (acquired reading and writing difficulties after a neurological event)
- Cognitive difficulties, such as memory, judgment, reasoning, safety awareness
- Dementia and Alzheimer Disease.: creating individualized organization tools (such as a memory book) for optimal success in daily tasks
In addition to that, she teaches a variety of undergraduate courses in the higher institute of Speech-Language Pathology at “Saint Joseph University” in Beirut.
She is Responsible for training and supervision of undergraduate students working with adults.
She is also the thesis advisor of many students and contributes to conducting many studies.
She is fluent in English, French, and Arabic.
Maria has attended and organized many pieces of training and seminars.
She participated in many psychological and neuropsychological workshops to serve her patients better and for her personal growth.
Maria is a member of ALO (Lebanese Association of Speech Therapists) and the neurological committee, DRS (Dysphagia research study), ESSD (European Society for Swallowing Disorders), and GMRC (Lebanese Memory Group for Clinical Research).