Ohoud Alhaqbani

Specialist educator

I am the eldest of 5 siblings, and my mother’s only child. A wife, and mother of 2 beautiful twins. My mother raised me as a single mom, her main value in life is education and work.

I attribute my success to a magnificent woman, the strongest most pure hearted woman I know, my mom. She is my idol and the reason I am where I am today. Through her determination, she had taught me that I can chase my dreams and make them come true. Through her gentleness, she has taught me what pure love is and how to project it. I simply grew up looking up to her, hoping that one day I can be half the woman she is.

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Since I was a young girl I knew what my passion was and what career path I wanted to pursue, since then I knew that I wanted to be in the education field. I remember when I was in elementary I taught my cousin what colors and numbers are. I followed my passion by studying Special Education at King Saud University.  That was not enough for me. I wanted to be more specialized. I wanted to learn more, and from that idea I decided to get my master’s degree in Autism Spectrum disorder (ASD). I managed to achieve that through Arabian Gulf University in Bahrain in the Program of Intellectual Disability and Autism.

During my study, my mother was my number one supporter. She encouraged me to give back to society and help kids and parents improve their lives. Therefore, when I came back I worked with kids with Autism and trained their parents. As I started working in the field I was taken by the advancement in implementing evidence based practices and contributed to more than 10 research studies, and posters alongside other professionals in the field, and few published research articles.

Currently, I’m the Head of Early Intervention Unit at Mohammed bin Salman Autism Center, Prince Sultan Medical City. Overseeing young professionals in the field and overwhelmed with the abundance of talent and hard working youth. With hard work comes success, as in the future I see myself obtaining my doctorate degree, contributing to the advancement of my field and, one day, owning my own clinic.

What fuels my passion are my two lovely daughters. Wanting to set a good example in both their personal and professional lives, my achievements are directed toward inspiring them.

Sultan, my husband, has been nothing but supportive to my journey. While I’m drowning in all sorts of obligations in my life such as: Work, studying, the kids, let alone taking care of a household. He has been by my side, a true partner that stepped in whenever he felt I needed it. I’m thankful to him and I am where I am today because of his support.

Most importantly, what fuels my passion today are my two lovely daughters. Wanting to set a good example in both their personal and professional lives, where my achievements are directed to them, and their future brothers and sisters, as I wish to one day cater to all their needs and wants.

Of course, this will not happen anytime soon as I still have a long way ahead. Leading a path, that is supported by the love of a mother, the purpose of my children and the daily contribution of my work.

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