In Summary
  • Mr Karanja observed that many such children were denied an opportunity to explore their talents.

  • The county will also be required to furnish the classrooms with special equipment and learning materials.

  • Kabazi MCA Peter Mbae urged the county government to establish the number of cases of autism in the county.

Nakuru County Assembly has passed a motion that will compel Governor Lee Kinyanjui administration to establish special classrooms for children with autism.

According to the motion moved by Lake View Ward Representative Peter Karanja Mburu, the devolved unit will also be required to furnish the classrooms with special equipment and learning materials.

“Many children with autism and other disabilities in our pre-primary centres drop out due to unconducive school environment due to lack of equipment and facilities,” said Mr Karanja.

EXPLORE TALENTS

Mr Karanja observed that many such children were denied an opportunity to explore their talents.

“Many prominent people were autistic at their childhood but it was discovered early and they went on to overcome the condition and today we are enjoying their fruits in whatever they are doing in life,” said Mr Karanja.

The motion will compel the county government to provide early diagnosis of autism, train and employ teachers, para-professionals and multi-disciplinary personnel such as speech and occupational therapists.

“These personnel must be well trained in effective autism intervention techniques backed by science and research such as applied behaviour analysis and individualised educational plans,” said Mr Karanja.

REFERRAL SYSTEM

The county government will also be required to have a referral system for severe autism cases.

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