Teachers of autistic school spreading light with acute hardship in Bogura

Our Correspondent

25 January, 2020 12:00 AM printer

BOGURA: With acute hardship, teachers of physical challenge school are spreading light of education under Dupchanchia upazila in Bogura as they don’t get government patronage or salary.

Autistic schools run by Nobo Jagoron Songstha (NJS) set up here with private fund aiming government patronage since 2016 but they are yet deprive of any assistance.

The school has been set up on 20 decimal of land nearby Akkelpur-Dupchanchia link road at Panagari area under the municipality aiming good position of the physical challenge students.

No parent is ever prepared to hear that his or her child is anything other than happy and healthy and learning that one’s child might have autism can be particularly frightening, said head master of the school Abul Kalam Azad.

Some 90 students have been teaching at the school by 13 teachers. A total 8 workers are serving the disable children.

President of the school Shahidul Islam said, “There are many ways in which special education can help improve the quality of life for children who suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).”

Nobo Jagoron Songstah is a helping hand to families of such children. Its mission is to offer support to children on the autism spectrum, giving them the confidence to perform day-to-day tasks without depending on their parents or others.

The school was the first one dedicated entirely too autistic children to open in the Kahaloo upazila of the district.

The school’s founder, Abdul Alim, was motivated to establish it following the experiences with an autistic child because of the agony of other families affected by the disorder.

Twice a year, Nobo Jagoron Songstah provides teacher training programmes on child development, nutrition, psychology and therapy. Teachers at the school learn to assess each student’s individual needs.

Along with academics, the school offers classes in physical play, socializing through conversation, art and music. Students also learn how to share their snacks, ride a bicycle, comb their hair, organise their books and bags, use the toilet and say their prayers, among other things.

The school’s Executive Director Sabina Yasmin said, “Children on the autism spectrum rarely like to interact with people of their own age. They might easily become angry and start a scuffle, so teachers need to calm them down.”

Nine-year-old Shameema Khatun demanded a lot of attention from her parents. She would break utensils and other things within his reach if they did not respond to her call.

The parents did not care for her behaviour and thought she would change as she grew older,” says Shameema’s mother Fahima Khatun.

When Shameema was six, her parents put her in a regular school. His father recalls, “He would get into fights, scream and bite others. The headmaster called me one day and asked me to take my daughter home because of her abnormal behavior.”

The Foundation now aims to build an autism region in the same school district with modern facilities such as hospitals, computer labs, psychotherapy centers, playgrounds and guest rooms.

Municipality former mayor Belal Hossain has distributed some wheel chair, hair aid, crutch and optical among the autistic students at the school premises to expand the education from his own fund.