Training and Workshops

Training and Workshop


Training of Children with autism

We organize training sessions for our staff, volunteers and workers about the best strategies to adopt in caring for children with autism. These has led to the adoption of an individualized education plan (IEP) for our children with autism as each child currently is given a one-on-one specialized training. The impact of the IEP on our children are that their needs  have been met differently and also the gap between the previous ways of caring and newer ways of caring for our children with autism has been bridged.

Again, we train children with autism in the area of art therapy. Our Art therapy training has had greater impact on our children as it has improved their skills by tapping into their inner power and using their existing strengths to build further skills. Also, our art therapy training has enabled our children to express themselves better and felt understood by the people around them. Their difficult emotions and circumstances have been managed greatly as a result of our art therapy training. Our children's ability to cut and identify shapes, sizes and colors of varying degrees have been largely impacted. This has in-turn improved their hand coordination and imagination.

Furthermore, we train our children in the area of independent living skills (ILS). The focus of the ILS is to aid our children to gain mastery of skills in activities of daily living (such as taking a shower, combing, brushing of teeth, washing, dressing, ironing, etc.) as well as some vocational skills (such as cooking, baking, juicing, salad making, frying, etc.). Our ILS training has had a significant impact on these children with autism as their skills in bathing, combing, dressing, tooth brushing, preparation of fruit juice and salad among others have been developed and enhanced. Our children can now buckle their shoes, comb their hairs, prepare their own fruit juice, brush their teeth, dress-up and bath themselves with little or no help from their facilitators depending on their level of skills acquisition.

We also train our children to gain skills in bottle garden. Our focus on the bottle garden training lies on the acquisition of skills in how to plant a seed, nurture the seed for growth, transplant from one point to another and water the plant by our children. We also train our children in how to cut plastic bottles open, prepare and mix soil for planting as well as transplant the plants from one point to another. The training largely impacted them as most of them can now mix the soil for planting, use cutters to cut bottles open for planting, water plants as well as monitor their growth on a daily basis. Some of our children have even developed a sense of attachment with the bottle garden and would not settle for a day’s activity if they are not allowed to water the plants. Their sensory input has also been improved as most of our children enjoy the scenery of the various individual lined-up bottle garden.

In line with the Inclusive Education Policy, we regularly send some of our children to the mainstream school to socialize with other people and also to learn to come with new environments and situations as part of our inclusion programme. The focus of our inclusion programme is not mainly to achieve academic excellence but to promote social inclusion of our children into the mainstream schools. Our inclusion programme has had tremendous impact on our children to an extent that they are now able to socialize, interact, play and relate well with their peers in the mainstream schools. Our children are now able to better adjust to the mainstream school environment as well as their classroom activities and situations.            

We have adopted the art of ceramics to teach and train our children to be able to explore and work by themselves as they watch and imitate their facilitator, the potter. Our children are now happy and their focus, attention, imagination, eye stimulation and hand coordination have improved greatly.

Due to the diverse training interventions we adopt, the intellectual capacities, academic, behavior, social and communication skills of our children have improved. This has led to their social inclusion into some mainstream schools, health care facilities and social gatherings such as church, market shopping malls among others.


Training of Mainstream and Resource Teachers

Over the years, we have trained over two-hundred (200) mainstream and resource teachers across seven (7) regions (Greater Accra, Eastern, Volta, Northern, Central, Ashanti, and Western) of Ghana on the theme ''how to improve care given to children with autism''. The training have greatly impacted the mindsets of the mainstream and resource teachers as they have now adopted more improved strategies in caring for children with autism in their various communities.  Over two-hundred (200) mainstream and resource teachers  now view children with autism as human beings who are different but not less and also have the right to be treated in a rightful manner.

Training of Mainstream Students and Pupils

We provide training for mainstream students and pupils to be more accepting and accommodating towards. Over the past few years,  we have sensitized over 500 mainstream students and their colleagues from some selected mainstream primary schools across four (4) regions of Ghana on the theme ''autism and how it could be handled''. Some parents had the opportunity to benefit from the sensitization workshop and shared their stories with us. The sensitization workshop greatly impacted the lives and mindsets of the mainstream students and their colleagues as they have now been informed and are more welcoming, loving and caring towards children with autism within their various communities.

Training of Health Care professionals

Many health professionals across two regions of Ghana have been trained on the theme ''autism and how to handle children with autism while accessing healthcare''. The training have had greater impact on the health professionals at large as they are now equipped with the needed strategies of caring for children with autism when they come for treatment. As a result of the training, over two-hundred (200) health care professionals have reduced the stigmatization of children with autism and are now embracing these children at the various health facilities in Ghana.


Training of Parents & Siblings of Children with autism

We also organize sensitization workshops for Parents and siblings of children with autism. The siblings include sisters, brothers and cousins of children with autism. Our sensitization workshops focuses mostly on the theme ''autism and how to understand their siblings with autism and also how to deal with the stigmatization of that extends to them''.

The impact of the training on these ones are that siblings of children with autism now understands the plight of children with autism and are currently accepting, loving and handling them with care and tact. This has in-turn improved and bridged the communication gap between siblings of children with autism and the children with autism themselves. They now know how to live well and support their siblings with autism at home and in their different communities. Parents are more willing and comfortable to send their children with autism to schools, health centres and other social places such as churches among others because there is less discrimination and stigmatization among children with autism.

Over the years, we have collaborated with various organizations such as ASOG (Autism Society of Ghana), Awaawaa2, Akosombo Special School (A.S.S) among others to organize training and forum for parents on how to adopt strategies to lobby the Government of Ghana (GoG) to support children with autism in Ghana. The training and forum has strengthened the capacities of the parents and eventually led to some of the parents going to the newly appointed minister for gender, children and social protection, Mrs. Otiko Djaba to present their petition before her.


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Autism Awareness Care and Training (AACT)