Friday, 19 July 2019


📌It's a fact that Differentiated Instruction is the process of ensuring that what a student learns, how he or she learns it, and how the student demonstrates what he or she has learned is a match for that student's readiness level, interests, and preferred mode of learning (including students with special needs).

📌This definition 👆🏾 is by Carol Ann Tomlinson, one of the champions of Differentiated Instruction. Tomlinson is an American educator, author and speaker. She is known for her work with techniques of differentiation in education.

📌Tomlinson is also a reviewer for eight journals and has authored over 200 articles, books, and other professional development materials. Her books on differentiation have been translated into twelve languages. [Credit:]

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Thursday, 18 July 2019


📌Today we're throwing it back to the earliest recorded history of 'Differentiated Instruction'. In the United States 1600s era, when one room school houses were the staple in education, one teacher was responsible for educating students in a wide range of grades and ability levels without technology.

📌As the United States education system transitioned to grading  schools, it was assumed that  all children could learn the same materials at the same pace.

📌In 1899, an educator known as Preston Search in Colorado,  worked to make it possible for  students to work at their own pace and by 1912, with the introduction  of achievement tests, there was evidence  that the gaps in children's abilities were much greater than realized.

📌When the Individuals with Disability Education Act (IDEA) was first enacted in the US in 1975, it provided guidelines for teachers to  differentiate instruction for both  general education and special  needs students. [Credit:].

📌If you are considering entering the field of special education, you are taking advantage of an opportunity not afforded to many people in previous generations. So let's learn from special education history and make progress into a brighter future for individuals with special needs.


Finding Help with Special Needs Episode 3

TOUCH:  An act of touching someone or something.
Synonyms: press, tap, pat, nudge, prod, poke, push, flick.

According to T. D. Jake's "I choose to present myself as one who has been touched." You can't afford to miss @lolaaneke as she unveils some heavy secrets that would blow your mind, this weekend.
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Wednesday, 17 July 2019


🤷What if more persons with disabilities are employed in Nigeria's Nollywood and mainstream media?

📌It would be great to see more actors with disabilities (both physical and non-physical disabilities) playing actual character roles of people who have disabilities.

📌Why should a non-disabled actor play a character with a disability in a movie when an actor living with a disability can be hired?

📌If our mainstream media improves at accepting disability as a human condition instead of a flaw and imperfection, it may encourage persons with disabilities to have great aspirations.

👉🏾What do you think? Please share your thoughts.

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#InclusiveEducation 💯

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Tuesday, 16 July 2019


📌It is only right to expect that all teachers would strive to be excellent, effective educators. But then, just like in any other profession, there are those who work extremely hard at their jobs and improve on a daily basis and there are those that are just simply there never making efforts to get better. These few individuals (knowingly or unknowingly) have chosen to become ineffective as teachers.

📌How do you know an ineffective teacher?

👩‍🏫The ineffective teacher is usually nowhere in sight when students arrive.

👩‍🏫The ineffective teacher reshuffles the whole class after everyone has found a seat.

👩‍🏫The ineffective teacher grumbles about all the administrative details that must be done before class can begin or after class ends.

👩‍🏫The ineffective teacher does not know the content well enough to teach it.

👩‍🏫The ineffective teacher lacks professionalism and has a poor sense of judgement.

👉🏾Why would anyone even want to be an ineffective teacher?


Monday, 15 July 2019


🇳🇬In Nigeria most schools are presently on summer holiday. Some families prefer to take a vacation trip to unwind and have a change of scene.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦For families with a child or children with special needs, taking a vacation can be overwhelming for the child and stressful for the rest of the family. Here are some tips that could help in preparing your child with special needs for a vacation:

👉🏾Create a "social story" explaining where you're going and what you'll be doing. If possible, use real photographs of the people and places. Read it together early and often.

👉🏾Talk about your plans with your child, sharing and emphasizing the positive. Keep it as simple as necessary. For example, "when we get to the beach you'll get to splash me!"

👉🏾Consider using a reward system for great behavior. For example, "If you can sit with us at the restaurant until everyone is finished, you can watch an episode of your favorite TV show."

👉🏾Have a plan for each day, and go over the plan at breakfast. Use visual schedules to help your child make sense of and remember what you have in mind. [Credit:].


Sunday, 14 July 2019

Ok. Finally, after the unfortunate glitch experienced during my Instagram & Facebook Live session earlier today, I've uploaded the recorded video on YouTube.
You can watch the video by following this link:👇🏾👇🏾👇🏾
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📌The life of Marla Runyan is very inspirational. She is a highly decorated United States Olympic gold medalist who is also blind. At nine years old Runyan developed Stargardt’s Disease, a form of macular degradation, that left her legally blind. Nevertheless, she took the bull by the horns and began a lifetime hobby of running.

🏆Marla Runyan is a three-time American champion in the women’s 5000-meter run. She won four gold medals in the 1992 summer Paralympics. In the 1996 Paralympics, she won silver in the shot put and gold in the Pentathlon, which is a five-part event including fencing, shooting, riding, swimming and cross country running.

🏆One might think this was enough fame and glory for a lifetime, but Runyan continued her athletic success. She holds various American records such as:

🥇20,000 Road (2003).
🥇All-female Marathon (2002).
🥇500m (2001).
🥇Heptathlon (1996).

👉🏾In 2001, she co-wrote and published her autobiography 'No Finish Line: My Life As I See It.' [Culled from:]

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Saturday, 13 July 2019


📌Myth: People with autism spectrum disorders are intellectually disabled and cannot be be involved in higher education or professions.

💡Fact: Autism spectrum disorders include people from a wide range of intellectual capacity. Although research shows that a high percentage do have intellectual disabilities, many with milder forms, such as Asperger syndrome, are highly intelligent, earn graduate degrees, and are successful professionals.

#Inclusion (=)

Friday, 12 July 2019


📌One of the most memorable moments in the lives of expectant parents comes when they first see the image of their baby on the ultrasound screen. It’s the moment, for many, when a pregnancy really becomes real, when it finally becomes possible to grasp the fact that a new human being is developing inside the mother’s body. It’s also a moment that visually impaired or blind parents are deprived of.

📌However, technology has made it possible to create 3D printed models of an unborn child from ultrasound images so that blind parents can visualize the faces of their children in the same way they would visualize the face of anyone else, through touch.

📌It's a fact that touch is a very powerful sense for those who are visually impaired or blind and can’t rely on their eyes for information. By feeling the contours of the face, the shape of the nose and lips, a blind or visually impaired person can get a strong impression of what their unborn child looks like. [Culled from:]

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'It’s never too late to start'.
The past is unalterable in any event. The future is the only thing we can change. Learning the lessons of the past is the only way to shape the present and the future.. It’s never too late, for with a purpose, a worthy goal and a motivation to reach those upper layers on the pyramid, a person can travel further in a few years than he might otherwise travel in a lifetime.. Catch @lolaaneke live on Instagram and Facebook 4pm this Sunday  as she unravels the secrets in her Sunday live series ; "Finding Help With Special Needs", with the topic; 'Never To Late To Start'.

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Thursday, 11 July 2019


📌Today we're throwing it back to 1957 when the book 'Verbal Behavior' was published by the American psychologist Burrhus Frederic Skinner, commonly known as B.F. Skinner.

📌In the book, Skinner presents verbal behavior as a function of controlling consequences and stimuli.

📌It was this book that introduced the popular four-term contingency model in Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA), which consists of a motivating operation (MO), discriminative stimulus (SD), response (R), and reinforcement(Srein) [Credit:].

📌If you are considering entering the field of special education, you are taking advantage of an opportunity not afforded to many people in previous generations. So let's learn from special education history and make progress into a brighter future for individuals with special needs.

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Wednesday, 1 May 2019

3rd Annual Autism Awareness & Special Needs Family Funfair by the Dewdrops Community Centre for Special Needs

In the month of April 2019, Nigeria joined the rest of the world to mark the International Month for Autism Awareness. As an organization, the non-profit Dewdrops Community Centre for Special Needs Abuja in conjunction with the Comprehensive Autism and related Disabilities Education and Training (C.A.D.E.T.) Academy, partnered with the Alex and Grace Izinyon (AGI) Foundation to organize its 3rd Annual Autism Awareness and Special Needs Family Funfair, at the Bamanga Tukur African Garden in Wuse 2 Abuja, Nigeria on Saturday 27th of April 2019. The family funfair served as a platform for play and fun, "inclusive" interaction and discovery, to create awareness about autism, educate, inspire and encourage families, through various games and play items among families of children living with autism and various developmental disabilities as well as children and families of typical children from the general public.

This year’s event began with a Press Conference on the 2nd of April 2019 which was the World Autism Awareness Day. The actual event on the 28th of April was well attended by over 500 families of typical children as well as children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and related disabilities, some regular school teachers, prominent school owners, caregivers and members of the press. There were also many foreigners and their families from various countries, members of the diplomatic community and some celebrities came to show their support for the cause, such as Noel Emp’raw (Musical Artiste), DJ Ernesty (Musical Artiste) and The Honourable House of Parapo Crew led by Bunmi Afolabi (Radio OAP). Other important guests who attended were Mrs Chinwe Ikaraoha (Assistant Director Special Duties at the FCT National Orientation Agency, representatives of the Minister of Women Affairs and Minister of Budget and National Planning, Mr Jake Epelle of The Albino Foundation and Mrs Ohi Esiri of Tippy Toes Kids Care Abuja, amongst others. Although the event was arranged strictly for children and their families to unwind, relax and have fun, it also gave me the opportunity, as the special education Program Director of the Dewdrops Community Centre, together with my team, to educate and enlighten the participants on some important facts about the challenges of autism and related disabilities among families. The refreshments served were specially prepared as "gluten free" and "casein free" snacks and  natural juices/beverages which nutritionists consider as healthier for consumption by children with autism.

The event culminated into an emotionally charged atmosphere of fun, lively games, cake cutting, presentation of gifts and awards, and group photo shoot sessions. If you missed this event, don't worry, more of our events and activities are scheduled for the months ahead. You may visit our Facebook page HERE:  to view the official photos. Or you may join our online Family Support Forum HERE to stay informed. We deeply appreciate the donations and support from all our partners, collaborators and friends. We are particularly grateful to:

Susan Iliyan (in charge of our community relations affairs)

Cheese Cakes and More

Chuckles N Cheese

Marussya Decors

Hearts Heartist

Honourable House of Parapo

Razorsharp Clothiers Ltd

Arise TV

African Independent Television (AIT)

Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)

And lots more…

Some photo highlights are below, after the cut.

Saturday, 16 March 2019


📌Myth: "Kids in special education will be labelled forever."
📌Fact: It is natural to worry about the stigma of a label over a child. But special education focuses on services and supports based on the child's needs - not the label.
📌Also keep in mind that getting the help that the child needs now doesn't necessarily mean the child will be in special education his/her entire school career.

Friday, 8 March 2019

📌Agatha Christie is a renowned English writer known for her 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections.

📌Christie also wrote the world's longest-running play, a murder mystery, "The Moustrap."

📌The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time. Her novels have sold over 4 billion copies!

📌She was bestowed with the appointment of a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1971 for her contribution to literature.

📌Agatha Christie lived with both Dyslexia and Dysgraphia but these learning disabilities didn’t stop her from becoming the best-selling novelist to date.🎯

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📌Globally, International Women's Day is celebrated on March 8. It is a day set aside to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity.

📌There are two themes for the 2019 International Women's Day - "Balance For Better" and the United Nations' official theme, Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change.'

📌Despite persistent stereotypes and biases against women in different parts of the world, many women have continued to make significant achievements. These great female achievers deserve to be celebrated. 

📌Today, we join the rest of the world to celebrate all women around the world. Happy Women's Day!

Thursday, 7 March 2019

📌Today we're throwing it back to the history and origins of special education, as far back as the 18th Century, following the American and French Revolutions when effective procedures were devised for teaching children with sensory impairments.
📌Early in the 19th Century, the first systematic attempts were made to educate so called "idiotic" and "insane" children (those who today are said to have intellectual disabilities and emotional or behavioural disorders). As a special educator, I remain thankful for so much progress that has been made over time.
📌If you are considering entering the field of special education, you are taking advantage of an opportunity not afforded to people in previous generations. So let's learn from special education history and make progress into a brighter future for individuals with special needs.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019

Don't forget to join us tomorrow on the FIRST weekly special needs awareness radio program in Nigeria.
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