Monday, 28 October 2013

C.A.D.E.T. Academy Dyslexia Awareness Seminar in Abuja

The Comprehensive Autism and related Disabilities Education and Training (C.A.D.E.T.) Academy organized a dyslexia awareness seminar in Abuja, Nigeria, on 26th October 2013. The title of the seminar was: Understanding Dyslexia. The seminar was one of the activities which the organization conducted to mark the month of October as the International Month of Dyslexia Awareness. The aim of this particular seminar was to educate, inspire and encourage families, teachers and caregivers who are dealing with young students living with dyslexia, towards embracing a proper understanding of the condition, and defeating stigma.

The seminar gave me the opportunity, as the special education Program Director of the C.A.D.E.T. Academy, to educate and enlighten the audience on some facts and misconceptions about dyslexia. We further discussed some of the signs and how to conduct comprehensive tests on individuals who are suspected to be dyslexic. I also gave some tips and strategies to the audience on how to accommodate dyslexic students in an inclusive classroom.

The seminar which was offered free of charge to the public was well attended by people from within and outside Abuja. The audience were full of appreciation and some even used the opportunity to share inspirational stories about their personal experiences with persons living with special needs.

If you missed this seminar, don't worry, more of our seminars and workshops are scheduled for the months ahead - some will be free and some will be at a fee. You may visit the C.A.D.E.T. Academy YouTube channel via the website ( to watch. Photo highlights are below, after the cut.

Friday, 4 October 2013

Lola Aneke is Presenting a Free Seminar in Abuja!

On October 26, 2013 Lola Aneke, MAT, SpEd, owner of Comprehensive Autism and related Disabilities Education and Training (C.A.D.E.T.) Academy, Abuja, will present a FREE, 2 hour seminar titled "Understanding Dyslexia."

The seminar is open to families and professionals (including school administrators, teachers, therapists and caregivers) in Abuja. The seminar will begin at 11:00 am at the Meeting Hall, 10b Owena Close, Off Yedseram Street, Maitama, Abuja.

Seminar Description:

Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability, and contrary to some beliefs, it is not due to either lack of intelligence or a desire to learn. In  fact, with appropriate teaching methods, dyslexics can, and do learn successfully. Seminar attendees will learn about the signs of dyslexia and what they can do to help dyslexics.

FREE brunch will be served, but there are limited seats available. Therefore, please register for the seminar by sending the code: DYSLEXIA SEMINAR to: or text DYSLEXIA SEMINAR to 07057630825

About the Presenter:

Lola Aneke, MAT, SpEd started working with students with various special needs while studying in the United States in 2010. She has a K-12 practicing license from North Carolina in the United States. She also has a Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) General Education with a specialization in Special Education (SpEd) from Meredith College, North Carolina, and a Bachelor Degree in Sociology from University of Lagos.

Lola is versed in the Common Core and Essential United States Standards, and well experienced in hands-on, engaging, and creative learning activities that take into consideration the diverse needs and experiences of mainstream students as well as students with special needs. She has taught children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Cerebral Palsy, emotional disturbances, intellectual disabilities, and other disabilities, in the United States and in Nigeria. She is a member of North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE), the United States Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), CEC Division of International Special Education and Services (DISES), and CEC Division on Autism and Developmental Disabilities (DADD).

For sponsorship, please send email to: or call: +2347057630825.

The event is powered by:

Dyslexia Awareness Seminar

Did you know that October is observed as World Dyslexia Awareness Month? Did you also know that 1 in 10 people have symptoms of dyslexia, including slow or inaccurate reading, poor spelling, poor writing or mixing up similar words? Dyslexia is a language-based learning disability, and contrary to some beliefs, it is not due to either lack of intelligence or a desire to learn. In fact, with appropriate teaching methods, dyslexics can and do learn successfully....get informed by attending a FREE seminar on: 

"Understanding Dyslexia." 

Date: 26 October 2013; 

Time: 11am to 1pm; 

Venue: 10b Owena Close, Off Yedseram Str, Maitama, Abuja. 

To register, send code: "DYSLEXIA SEMINAR" to:‬

or text to: 07057630825

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

8 things a Teacher Should Know about your Child with Special Needs

Written by Jennifer Hill, MA, CCC-SLP

For many of us the summer brings the opportunity to sleep in late, go to bed later, and generally have less structure around the home in regards to routines and meal times. With the start of school, there is an abrupt shift to following more rigid routines. It is often a difficult transition for parents, as well as children.

Teachers are going through these same transitions: getting to know the personalities and learning styles of sometimes more than 20 children can be quite a challenge.

If your child has special needs, it is especially important to share information with each member of the “team” – classroom teacher, school administration, speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, etc.

Here are eight suggestions to help your child transition more easily into a successful and rewarding school year.

1. Consistent Schedule:
Try to be consistent with your bedtime and waking times, even on the weekends, until your child adjusts to their fall schedule.

2. Ask the teacher about classroom routines and expectations:
Practice these routines at home, such as going to the door and waiting, pushing in chairs, hanging up backpacks, sitting at the table for progressively longer periods of time, and so forth.  These routines can be rehearsed throughout the year until no longer necessary.

3. Share school routines with your child’s therapists:
Share classroom routines and academic expectations with your speech-language pathologist and/or occupational therapist. Perhaps these goals can be implemented into treatment sessions.

4. Give the teacher some tips on your child’s speech and language capabilities:
In the event that your teacher may have difficulty understanding your child’s speech and language, ask your speech-language pathologist to provide a list of frequently-used gestures, signs, word approximations and consonant replacements.

5. Let the teacher know what your child’s strengths and weaknesses are:
Sometimes, a lesson can be designed incorporating your child’s interests or strengths in order to help them to be successful.

6. Provide tips on improving your child’s attention and cooperation:
Ask your speech-language pathologist and/or occupational therapist for suggestions they have found useful to improve attention and cooperation. Some kids benefit from frequent verbal reinforcement, others may need tangible reinforcers, such as stickers and stamps to remain on-task. Many children with special needs do well with visual reinforcements, such as token systems or visual times in order to sustain attention and cooperation for tasks.

7. Provide information about negative behavior:
Make a list of things that may trigger negative behaviors from your child and share them with his or her classroom teacher and school administration. Likewise, share any calming strategies that work with your child. Perhaps, you can work with your occupational therapist to make a “tool chest” of calming or arousing toys that can be used in the classroom, as needed.

8. Be clear and honest about your child’s behavior:
Preparing your child’s teacher for potential challenges is very important for a positive child-teacher relationship. Allow your teacher some time to implement any strategies and allow your child the time to adjust to new expectations.

About the author:
Jennifer Hill, MA, CCC-SLP is a speech-language pathologist at the Kaufman Children’s Center for Speech, Language, Sensory-Motor & Social Connections, Inc.. She is trained in Links to Language, PECS, and The Kaufman Speech to Language Protocol