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6 Brain-Boosting Foods Kids Should Eat During Exams


A child’s diet is usually one of the most neglected aspects by parents during their exams.

As a parent, you want your child to do well in school and pass their exams. However, for this to happen, it is important that your child eats the right diet as nutrition is also a contributing factor in how well they do in exams.

In addition, because the mental faculties of children work at a marathon pace during examinations. Children need to improve their intellectual endurance and for this they invariably require good nutrition throughout this period.


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So what are the best foods to feed your child during this exam season?

1. Oily fish

Do you know that salmon, sardines and mackerel are amongst the healthiest types of fish. Why? Because they contain lots of protein and omega 3, which is essential to keep a functioning brain working well. Incorporate any of these fish into your child’s diet during exam season to boost their brain power.

2. Eggs

Whether fried or boiled, eggs are healthy and good brain food and are an excellent choice for breakfast during exam time. Eating the first meal of the day, will help them stay alert and is a good fuel for the brain. Breakfast can help children concentrate, recollect and reproduce information.

A breakfast rich in protein like eggs increases tyrosine (an amino acid) levels in the blood and brain which help nerve cells manufacture chemicals which keep your kids alert and active.

3. Vegetables & fruit

Vegetables and fruit provide much-needed minerals, ions, vitamins, liquids and can give your child an energy boost when they are revising, since they contain fructose and healthy sugars their body can convert into energy. Top snacking fruits during exam time include: apples, bananas, avocados, oranges.

Anti-oxidants like vitamins A, C and E reduce damage to brain cells due to increased stress by fighting the free radicals. They also help increase the body’s immunity and help reduce chances of the child falling sick during exams.

4. Avocado

Avocado is a brain-boosting food that contains monounsaturated fats, omega 3, and omega 6 fatty acids. These increase blood flow to the brain, lower cholesterol, and aid in the absorption of antioxidants.

5. Beans and Legumes 

Beans and legumes are excellent sources of complex carbohydrates. These complex carbohydrates are also mixed with fiber that slows absorption, giving a steady supply of glucose for the brain without the risks of sugar spikes associated with many other sugar sources. Beans and legumes are also rich in folate—a B vitamin critical to brain function—and essential omega fatty acids.

6. Nuts 

Nuts e.g. cashew nuts, groundnuts, walnuts and almonds, are extremely good for the brain and nervous system. They are great sources of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, vitamin B6, and vitamin E. Vitamin E has been shown to improve brain power.

7. Water

When kids sit in the comfort of their room and probably with their AC on, they do not feel thirsty and hence end up drinking very less fluids. When dehydrated, the body and mind are dazed, restless. It is hard concentrating on studies. If they do not like drinking water that much, give them fresh fruit juices to keep them going.

Note: Avoid eating outside food during exams

Exams being times for high-stress and low-immunity, children are highly prone for infections. So, avoid eating outside food as much as possible. If your kid really wants to eat, make sure you only buy food you have tried before from trusted restaurants.

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10 Schools for Children With Special Needs In Nigeria


Many parents with children with special needs struggle with what school to put their children in.

Some are ashamed of having to put them in schools with other children with special needs and some don’t even have an idea these schools exist let alone or where they are located.

The truth is, children who have physical, emotional or learning differences may struggle in traditional academic settings. Some children have difficulty staying focused, others find it hard to communicate either in writing or orally, and some children struggle to get along with peers.  Experts recommend that parents send their children to schools specifically designed to address the needs of children with special needs.


These schools and their teachers can help students in ways that traditional school settings and teachers may not be able to.

If you do have kids with special needs and want education provided by professional tutors in this area, these are some of the schools that will do your child a lot of good;

1.Modupe Cole Memorial Childcare and Treatment Home

This school is one of the oldest schools for children with special needs. It was established in 1960 and it has had several testimonies. They cater for pupils that have down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy, e.t.c. The school runs both academic and vocational. You can visit them at No1, St. Finbarr College Road, Akoka or call 08074571573 for more information.

2. Benola

Benola is a Not for Profit Organisation committed to change and progress for persons living with Cerebral Palsy. They are located at, Suite 19/20, Praise Plaza, Ajah/Ado Road, Lekki, Lagos, Nigeria. You can call them on +234-012954355 , send them a mail at, [email protected] or log on to their website here .

3. C.A.D.E.T. Academy

C.A.D.E.T. Academy is a research & evidence-based special needs education & learning program located in Abuja, Nigeria but serves a global community. It is a world class provider of high quality educational services for all children, particularly those with special needs. They are located at Block L2, No 13, Uruguay Street,  Maitama, Abuja, Nigeria. Also visit their website here.  

4. The Zamarr Institute: The Zamarr Institute creates a world class facility for children living with Special Needs. They are located at LEA Nursery & Primary School,  Patrick O. Bokkor Crescent, Off Ebitu Ukiwe Street, Jabi, Abuja. You can call them on 08098143671, 08098659760 or log on their website here, for more information

5. Patrick Speech and Languages Centre

This centre provides special education services for the developmentally challenged, hearing and speech impaired children in Nigeria. Their centre is located at 13b Fani Kayode Street, GRA, Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria. You can also call them on 07055028215, 08033019865. Log on to their website here for more information.

6. Kids Start Right School

Kids Start Right School is another beautiful place for children who have traits of autism, Attention Deficit Disorder and other learning difficulties. The school is located at 3, Afinni Street, Off Ibezim Obiajulu Street, Off Adelabu Str, Masha Roundabout Surulere Lagos. You can call them on 08033771935, 08023378084 or log on to their website here.

7. Open Doors Special Educational Centre

Open Doors for Special Learners is a registered non-governmental and not for profit organization dedicated to the: Provision of quality Special Education, vocational training, speech and language therapy and physiotherapy for children and youths with learning handicaps. This school is located off Liberty Boulevard in Giring, Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria. You can call them on 08034534990 or log on to their website here.

8. Centre for Children with Special Needs

 ‘’CCSN’’ is a Non-governmental organization serving as a learning support service and resource centre for children with special needs, set up in the regular school environment, to promote inclusion (integration) and give quality education. The school is located at 4, Lake Chad Crescent, Off IBB Way, Maitama District, Abuja FCT Nigeria. You can call them on, 09020454575, 08069738449 or log on to their website for more information.

9. Centre for Autism and Development Disabilities

CADD is a fully registered as a Non-Governmental Organization focusing on autism spectrum disorders and related developmental disabilities. You can get more information here

10. Pacific Hall Special School

Pacific Hall Special School is a school for children with autism, dyslexia, down syndrome, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment and physical disabilities. It is the first school wholly-set for disabled children education in Nigeria. The school is located at 10 Oba Akinjobi Road, G.R.A, Ikeja Nigeria.

We recommend that parents make a visit to these special needs schools when they are in session. This can give you an idea of these institutions’ day-to-day operations as well as a better sense of how comfortable your children will be in these environments.  

Also, kindly note that the special needs schools are not limited to the 10 listed above but they are the ones that have been verified by our team.

If you know any other special needs school that is not listed above, please kindly feel free to drop their names and contact details below in the comment section.

 

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