The founder, Royal School of Educational Therapy Foundation (RSETF), Abuja, Dr Badewa Adejugbe-Williams, has urged government at all levels to support educational therapy for children with learning disabilities.
Speaking during the gallery of talents exhibition, meant to celebrate the achievements of children of the school, Adejugbe-williams noted that educational therapy for children with learning difficulties are expensive in the FCT and Nigeria at large due to lack of governmental supports.
She noted that facilities for the training of children with learning disabilities, due to intellectual disability, autism, dyslexia, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, attention deficit hyperactive disorder and other learning challenges and conditions, are very expensive.
According to her, it is only government can subsidize the cost, thereby paying the way for improved performance in care for the children with special needs.
Adejugbe-Williams also frowned that many children with learning disabilities in the society are often abandoned and stigmatized by their parents, instead of giving them the opportunities to develop their talents for the advantage of the society.
According to her, “Educational therapy is recommended for students who may have learning disabilities, due to intellectual disability, autism, dyslexia, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, attention deficit hyperactive disorder and other learning challenges and conditions.
“Educational therapy demystifies learning problems and stimulates clients’ awareness of their strengths, so they can use those strengths to their best advantage to overcome or compensate for their areas of weaknesses,” she stressed.
Adejugbe-Williams, who is an educational therapist, with core specialist in children and adult disabilities, maintained that educational therapists create and implement a treatment plan that utilizes information from a variety of sources, including the clients’ social, emotional, psycho-educational neurophysiological context.
Similarly, Public Diplomacy officer, US Embassy, Abuja, Joseph Schaller maintained that the embassy would continue to support such schools in Nigeria to improve the learning abilities of children.