Robert Foundation Nigeria was at Rosafield Peace International School, Ibadan, Oyo State, for this year's World Autism Day 2018.
Leading her Nigerian team, Vickie Robert will also be employing the services of Clinical Nurse Manager, Joseph Chukwuma (RN, RPN), to teach the children in the nitty-gritty of Autism.
It is sad to know that despite the growing number of children with autism educated in mainstream classrooms, a lot of pupils are not familiar with it.
Experts are also of the opinion that, despite some recognition of the disability, they had little knowledge of its characteristics, such as communication and social skill challenges.
They therefore agreed that If students are uninformed about a disability, they often attribute undesirable social behaviors to individual choice.
For example, a classmate may interpret avoidance of eye contact as rude instead of as a behavioral characteristic of autism.
Helping children and young people to understand autism can be the key to peer acceptance. This can lead to a reduction in bullying.
Autism is a clinical psychology pervasive neurological disorder that is observable in early childhood and persists throughout the lifespan, characterised by atypical communication, language development, eye contact, and sensory experiences.