Monday, 20 June 2016

Do you need a parent support group for Nigerian parents with autistic children? BeAVoicee

The GTBank-organised Autism Week holding at the Muson Centre, Lagos is currently ongoing.
The event themed 'Managing Autism: The Next Generation, Considerations and Resources', is the 6th edition of the event.

It's a gathering of experts in the Nigerian Neuropsychiatric healthcare sector.

The widespread misunderstanding of Autism makes it difficult for affected parents who need information to get it.

Issues like behaviour modification, education, nutrition, technology and communication are being dealt with.

For parents who need support from fellow parents, Dr Morunrayo Oyelohunnu a psychiatrist at the College of  Medicine, University of Lagos, announced the activities of the resource centre within the College in Idi Araba. It"s called the College of Medicine Autism and Neurodevelopmental Resource Centre (ANRC).

The support group for Nigerian parents will address issues like how to talk to children with special needs during puberty and how to cope with those who come across as sexual predators.

The support group has entered its 3rd year since inception and has had hundreds of participants cumulatively.

Parents have gained a lot and  become empowered with information. "A parent with an autistic child in their 30s can teach a parent with an autistic child in puberty or even toddlers", she said.

The partners of the 2016 programme are Blazing Trails International, Texas USA; College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Idi Araba; University of Texas, Arlington, USA; Nero psychiatric Hospital, Aro, Abeokuta; Uplift Development Foundation. Abeokuta; Patrick Speech & Languages Centre, Lagos; Child Development Centre, Lagos;  and The Learning Place Centre, Lagos.

The Guaranty Trust Bank Orange Ribbon initiative began in 2009 as an advocacy program designed to support children with developmental disabilities and special needs in Nigeria, especially Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD); a developmental challenge which arises from insufficient development of a child's physical, emotional and intellectual capacity.