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 ...for Children with Specific Learning Difficulties

Special Attention Project (SAP) is a Ghanaian Non-Governmental Organization that improves the lives of children with Specific Learning Difficulties by spreading information to the public, advocating for learning support for pupils with learning difficulties in mainstream schools, doing research and training on Specific Learning Difficulties as well as providing practical support to out-of-school children with learning difficulties in the streets of Accra.

Autism

 

Autism is a lifelong developmental disorder that affects the way a person communicates and relates to people around them.

Key difficulties experienced by people with autism fall fewer than three main areas mainly:

Social interaction -difficulty with social relationships e.g. appearing unconcerned and indifferent to other people;

Social communication -difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication e.g. inability to understand facial gestures;

 Social imagination -difficulty in engaging in imaginative play and activities.

 

Typical signs:

  •  Delay or little development in spoken language;
  • The child repeats words instead of using words meaningfully;
  • The child does not use or respond to non-verbal communication;
  •  Repetitive play;
  •  Lack of interest in other people;
  •  The child is resisting change;
  •  The child needs routines, rituals and familiarity.