fbpx
United States Government provide maritime and tactical equipment to Belize Coast Guard
March 25, 2021
Belizean cyclists make it to Panama today, already racing
March 25, 2021

Autism Belize: “Lockdowns were tough, but parents of special needs children will have a hard time readjusting when classes reopen”

  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  
  •  

Posted: Thursday, March 25, 2021. 4:56 pm CST.

By Benjamin Flowers: Parents of special needs children have had a difficult time with the homeschooling measures implemented due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be facing a difficult transition back into school-based learning, according to Autism Belize, a community NGO geared towards raising awareness and building support networks for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.

Christy Almeida, the founder of Autism Belize, told our newsroom that the organization has been working with parents and teachers providing information and support to help them cope with the difficulties. Since the launch of the organization last April, Autism Belize has held 14 live guest speaker events, nine parent training, monthly parent support meetings over zoom.

“Up until about December for the most part our parents were coping, the kids were coping, since January…our kids just seem to have gone into full regression. I have parents seeing aggression when they have never seen it, children who aren’t sleeping when they used to sleep, kids that are banging their heads against the wall…and I think it’s sort of where our children have reached their limit.”

The prolonged absence of social interaction has also caused issues such as speech regression, which Almeida believes will also make the transition much more challenging than trying to have children readjust to the school setting after the summer break.

In continuing its support to parents, families, and teachers, the organization is hosting several activities for awareness and capacity building in the month of April, which is observed globally as Autism Awareness Month. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Science, and Technology (MECST) has announced its plan to institute a phased reopening of classes for face-to-face learning, with the first possible date being April 12.

Comments

 

Аdvеrtіѕе wіth thе most visited news site in Веlіzе ~ Wе оffеr fullу сuѕtоmіzаblе аnd flехіblе dіgіtаl mаrkеtіng расkаgеѕ. Yоur соntеnt іѕ dеlіvеrеd іnѕtаntlу tо thоuѕаndѕ оf uѕеrѕ іn Веlіzе аnd аbrоаd! Соntасt uѕ аt [email protected] оr саll uѕ аt 501-601-0315.

 

© 2021, BreakingBelizeNews.com. This article is the copyrighted property of Breaking Belize News. Written permission must be obtained before reprint in online or print media. REPRINTING CONTENT WITHOUT PERMISSION AND/OR PAYMENT IS THEFT AND PUNISHABLE BY LAW.

  • Ministry of Tourism
  • LF110-7A RED
  • RT Auto & Sales Co. Ltd.
  • Belize Job Portal
  • larry waight
  • Easy Care Premium Paint
  • galen university

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *