Construction is going on now for our new school which will allow us to accommodate more students and their needs. We have reached wall height but needs more funds to roof and finish the building.
Our students are always excited to take pictures if they know I will see them. I like to know how big they are.
Our nurse at Juniors Place of Hope held an inservice on proper hand washing and ways to avoid the transmission of infection and ways to protect against been infected.
The first thing most people do when they see a child with autism or other special needs is to make a judgment, feel sorry for the parent or ignore them totally.
Individuals with special needs want what everyone wants, respect, acceptance and support. The first thing to do is smile, say hello and if it’s a child having a sensory breakdown the best you can do for the parent is to tell her ” you are doing a great job” you don’t know how much does six words mean to a parent dealing with a meltdown.
Our children’s response to different places and activities varies from child to child and parents shouldn’t be called “bad” or the kids shouldn’t be called “unruly” when you don’t know what they are going through.
Support, accept and respect individuals with autism and other special needs.
Henrietta Bassey, RN, BSN and ACAS
At JPOH, our goal is to help every student with special needs to be the best that they can be.
Since most Africans are still embarrassed because of cultural stigma to bring their kids with autism or other special needs in public, my family and I went to MD from CA to educate our community about autism. We also had a mental health professional talk about mental health in the African community. It was a very successful awareness event.
During the summer which is also rainy season in Sierra Leone, schools are closed from mid July to mid September. To make sure our students don’t forget what they have learned, our staff at JPOH visits our students at their homes to work with them.
This past April, representatives from Junior’s Place of Hope (JPOH) were invited to attend the Pan-African Congress on Autism in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference took place from April 25th to April 27th. As Vice President, I was looking forward to learning more about new research in the field and to presenting the stellar work that JPOH is doing.
These goals were accomplished, and more! It was invigorating to meet other passionate parents, doctors, nurses, psychologists, and people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), All of us are working towards the same goal – destigmatize autism and increase awareness of local efforts to address the needs of people living with ASD. Bring on next year’s conference!
Junior’s Place of Hope
Since we are housed in a temporary location that impedes on our growth, we are building our own school that will be able to allow us to provide more services to our kids. Thanks to all our supporters.