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These Are The Reasons You Should Let Your Kids Play


Have you noticed that babies have no worries in the world; all they do is to play, eat and sleep. I am sure you envy your baby but do not worry you have had your own turn, let him have his too!

You may wonder what is special about playing but it is more than that. It is essential that babies be allowed to play because playing itself is beyond playing. Playing involves skill building, problem solving, relationship management, surmounting physical and mental challenge. It helps in physical, emotional, mental and social development.

Play helps to build the imagination of your child: Kids at about the age of two can act out different roles. They can pretend to be a soldier, teacher or mummy and even turn his potty into a cap, pots into drums, spoon into drumsticks. You can try out using household items to create a playful scene while your child plays a different role. When you allow your child to lead in playing, you are able to discern his level of understanding on what stands out for him in your day-to-day interaction.


Play builds your child’s social skill: When kids start playing, they play individually as they grow; they begin to interact with others while playing. They learn how to share, take turns, cooperate and negotiate as they interact with their friends at school.  You can help your child interact more with other kids at the park, church, mosques by setting up playtime with other families.

Play helps your child develop physically: When your child plays with toys, blocks and participate in sporting activities, he develops his strength, sense of coordination (eye and hand) and balance. All this can be displayed in the process of running, pedalling his bicycle, arrange blocks to form a shape.

Play shows behavioural challenges that your child is experiencing: When your child plays especially at home, some of the actions your child does gives you a glimpse of the behavioural challenges your child may be going through and the opportunity to correct it through play. If your child models a bad action, playfully model the good action

Other nonphysical benefits of play include reduction of stress, crankiness. When your child plays, he has little or no tendency to be grumpy, tense. Physical plays also help to ward off obesity.

During play give your child free reins to determine how things will play out and follow his lead while being mindful of safety. Playing along with your kids help to build their self-esteem that you find what they do interesting and worth engaging.

With all these numerous benefits, I know you would encourage your kids to play more but you can support play by being involved in the play with your kids rather than watching television. You can play hide-and-seek, dance to music indoors and play ball or ride a bicycle together

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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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