Child Care & Special Needs Education in Nigeria vol 1
Edited by Akinola Olabisi
Available in e-book version only
Introduction Special needs children’s caregivers must remember to put the Nature Nurture theory on his/her therapeutic table all the time. The needs of these children could be more than the regular children and most often they really are. These extra needs stem from delayed developmental milestones which leave special needs children quite often on the catching up road.It is therefore imperative on the caregiver to always be cognizant of child developmental characteristics in order not to jump or omit any further step thereby increasing and compounding the problems of these special needs children especially in Nigeria where earlier cultural stereotypes had left no sugary palatables as such for us to continue with until the 1970s per se.It is true that child care and special needs services ranged from individual family perspectives to policy developments and designs without implemen-tation plans. Adequate needs and needs assessment of these children were not actually the focus. Therefore, individual ministries, parastatals, organi-sations and families were solely doing their own things. Sometimes clashes in approach and interpretation of these policies were unavoidable.Committees designed to be set up by governments to implement these policies failed to come into existence. Responsibilities and duties were duplicated and no specific duties were actually ascribed to any specific ministry or parastatals. As a result, the onus fell mainly on the Ministry of Education. For over 30 years later, because of the fundamental mistake made by not adequately setting out the implementation blueprint, actual imple-mentation became a problem.This thirteen chapter book will attempt to lay bare some of the teething problems facing services delivery package for special needs children/youths in Nigeria.
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