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Riffat Rehman. MS CCC SLP
Owner of Main Step Therapy LLC
Riffat Rehman is a licensed speech and language pathologist and the owner of Main Step Therapy. She has a masters in Communication Disorders from East Carolina University. A multilingual and multiethnic competent, she is fluent in English, Urdu, Hindi, Potohari and Punjabi and thus can relate to parents and caregivers that makes up today’s diverse population of Metroplex cities. She has extensive experience in working with all age groups (birth to 3, school going, adults), in variety of settings (home health, clinic, daycare centers/ ABA centers, public and private schools, rehab/ hospitals). Most of her experience however comprises of evaluation and treatment of individuals learning English as a second language.
Other than being able to relate to multiple cultures, she also brings to table the perspective of a mother of 22-year-old, special needs son, who is on spectrum. Prior to her training as a speech therapist, her career started in business industry after her first masters in Business. Shortly after that, her son was diagnosed with autism. She dedicated her time to run an in-home program to supplement school for her son. She got training in TEACCH, ABA and other techniques to understand and implement the program. In 2007, she got the funding approved for her son to go to a private autism school. Once he was on track to progress, she went back to graduate school to become a speech and language pathologist. She got great opportunity to work with bilingual population in low SES campuses of Glendale Elementary School District in Arizona. In 2016, she moved with her husband and three boys to Dallas, Texas where she started working for Frisco Independent School District (Early Childhood School). In 2018, she opened her private practice.
The growing diversity in student body in district, and Metroplex in general is resulting in challenges and adjustments to service delivery strategies, both for general ed and special ed. The sensitivity of culture and language is an important factor when evaluating and treating students who speak two or more languages. Recognizing the need to provide support and work directly with these families became the impetus to opening a private practice and Main Step Therapy came into being. Initially Riffat ran the practice out of home and recently got a clinic to accommodate her caseload.
Noreen Ahman, MA CCC-SLP
Noreen has been in the field of Speech-Language Pathology for more than 12 years. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Speech and Hearing Science (graduating with high honors) and then a Master of Arts in Speech-Language Pathology. Her experience has predominantly been in the school setting, along with a few years in the skilled nursing facility (SNF). She has worked with individuals ranging from pediatrics to geriatrics. Noreen has performed diagnosis and treatment in the areas of autism, articulation/phonological processing, receptive/expressive and pragmatic language, augmentative and alternative communication (AAC), and fluency.
Noreen has worked with individuals of various socioeconomic status, bilingual students, and families from many cultures. Noreen is of Egyptian decent and speaks Arabic. Being bilingual herself, she is able to relate to families in a holistic approach and enjoys treating an individual as a whole, as opposed to just their disorder. Her therapy approach utilizes interactive games to keep individuals stimulated, lessons that are research based, and incorporating classroom material to allow students to carryover learned strategies outside the therapy room. Noreen keeps herself up-to-date on recent advances for diagnosing and treating students by completing various courses through ASHA and Speech Pathology.com. This has allowed Noreen to be efficient and effective when treating individuals with speech and language disorders. She is a huge advocate for educating parents about their child’s disorder and providing them with activities to utilize in the home environment in order foster growth and independence.
Sarah Rehman MS, CF-SLP
Sarah Ziaur Rehman is on the path to completing her clinical fellowship as a speech-language pathologist. She is a graduate of the University of Texas at Dallas where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and then her Master of Science in Communication Disorders. During her time at UT Dallas she participated in research on infant learning. Her coursework included a focus on medical and bilingual populations. During her clinical fellowship she worked with Montgomery County Public Schools where she served as an SLP for two elementary schools. Her interests as an SLP lie in language therapy and stuttering. Outside of her professional interests, Sarah enjoys baking, art, and learning new languages.