NEW HORIZON SPECIAL SCHOOL

P.O. Box 01084, Osu, Accra, Ghana, Hotline: +233 302 772 878

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EDUCATION AND TRAINING CENTRE FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS WITH INTELLECTUAL DISABILITY

PROGRAMME

EDUCATIONAL

VOCATIONAL

AUTISTIC CENTRE

Enrolement

Children are admitted from 4yrs after going through the admission procedure, which includes medical reports, psychological reports and personal information. At present there are about 85 children at the basic education section and 55 at the workshop. Many more people are becoming aware of the need to educate persons with intellectual disability, and as such, admission is ongoing every week.

 

Academic Section

The academic section provides basic education on an individual basis for children aged 4 -16 years. The students learn skills for life such as self-help, environmental and communication skills as they need to be helped to tell their needs and share opinions and feelings with others.

They also learn Mathematics, Reading, Writing, Art and Craft, Music, Prevocational skills, Health and Safety, Activities of Daily Living Skills, Physical Education and Computer Literacy.

This section is aimed at equipping children to rise to their highest potentials in the academic areas. An Individual Evaluation Program is organized every year for each child and the class teachers and the parents sit in this meeting.

Sheltered Vocational Workshops

These give training and employment in vocational and daily living skills to those who are older. The mature students 17 years and over, some of whom are able to read and write simple sentences and have reached a moderate level of productivity, work as trainees with very little supervision. The students also receive continuous education in literacy numeracy and computers.

Items made at the workshop include:

Christmas and all purpose cards
basketry
trays, stools and beds with woven bases
doormats, and woodwork
batik and tie-dye material
table cloths and scatter-cushions
hand sewn Ghanaian dressed dolls

The trainee workers receive allowances from the sale of items they make so that they also feel a sense of achievement in life like their 'normal' counter-parts.

You will find photos of some of the items on our FUNDING page.

 

Check out our latest newsletter.

 

 

Autistic Resource Centre

The Academic Section has classes for children with Autistic tendencies and an Autism Resource Centre, where parents receive counseling services, was started in 2002 through the help of DSI - A Danish Disability Organization. The classes have one teacher and two assistants to take the children through the individual programme drawn for each child, taking their attention spans into consideration.

Autism is a Neurodevelopment Disorder that affects children within the first 3 years of life.

They present difficulties in three areas:

Leaves them unable to form normal social relationships

Unable to develop normal verbal or nonverbal communication

The child becomes absorbed in a world of repetitive, obsessional      activities and interest.

Can people with Autism be helped?

Specialist education and structured support can really make a difference to a person with autism's life, helping to maximise skills and achieve full potential in adulthood. A new knowledge centre for children with different kinds of learning disability including Autism was set up (under the auspices of DSI in Denmark) at New Horizon Special School in 2002.

Find out more about Autism below.

More Information on Autism

 

What is Autism?

Autism is defined as a biological disturbance in the central nervous system, which normally takes place before birth or starts before the age of three. Autism does NOT occur as a result of the environment. Global research shows that 1 out of 1000 worldwide suffer this handicap.

 

Symptoms:

Children with autism do not ususally have a visible handicap. They look normal, very often with a normal IQ. Autism manifests itself mainly through contact deviation - the autistic person avoids contact with everyone, including his mother. He/she does not want to be held or cuddled. The autistic child's development is characterised by: contact disturbance, language disturbance, stereotype rituals / odd interests.

 

Autistic children may be grouped as DISTANT (seeming to live in his or her own world, without taking interest in the surroundings); PASSIVE (does not wish to be independent or take interactive action of its own); ODD (often absorbed in a single object or activity that takes up all their time and energy).

 

Consequences:

Autism causes difficulties in daily life especially since other handicaps develop out of autism. It is thus important to understand that autism is the primary handicap. Even the slightest form of autism is disabling, because the contact disturbance makes it impossible fort he autistic person to interact with other people. They do not understand the nuances of language or other people's non-verbal messages. Autistic children need help throughout their growing up, at home, in daycare centres and in school.

 

Methods:

Individual programmes are worked out for each child, taking their attention spans and ability into consideration.

Pictogrammes (see photo on the right) are used to show each childs' daily progress.

Some pupils have improved to such an extent that they can now move on to the next programme when they are told it is time for a lesson change!

Others can cut and paste, do simple physical exercises, rote count a few numbers, and use the computer in games an painting. In fact, the improvements have been remarkable!

 

We invite volunteers to assist us provide further special care for these particular children. More information on volunteering on the FUNDING page.

 

 

"All children are knowledgeable and deserve love and respect. Gone are the days when special children were left in bushes and shrubs. We want to educate the public so that all children can achieve great things"

 

New Horizon Special School

P.O. Box 01084

Osu, Accra

Ghana

 

Tel.:      +233 302 772 878

Fax:      +233 302 772 878

 

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(c) 2005 - 2016

New Horizon Special School

"All children are knowledgeable and deserve love and respect. Gone are the days when special children were left in bushes and shrubs. We want to educate the public so that all children can achieve great things"