Kingston, Jamaica (McKoy’s News) – Autistic Children Given Special Focus: Parents with autistic children will be given special focus by the Ministry of Education as preparations are in place for entry into the school system.
This is the word from Minister of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid who further informed that there will be sensitization engagements will be administered by the Early Childhood Commission, the EEC in relation to the Ministry’s special education programme for children with autism.
It is anticipated that this intervention will greatly assist the parents while dispelling fear; which the Minister said some of them had about the programme.
Senator Reid; who was speaking at the Special Education Unit and Resource Centre at Harmons Primary and Infant School in Manchester recently, stated that the Ministry developed a Child Development Passport through which, from birth, the child’s development can be tracked.
Parents are assured that where their children’s learning progress was deemed delayed, the Ministry would effect the appropriate interventions to address this.
The facility at Harmon’s School was funded by Bauxite Company, JAMALCO; at a cost of US$20,000.
Contributed by Dr. Colin O Jarrett