By Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA
Kumasi, Mar 10, GNA – An appeal has been made to the government to provide the special schools with access to the services of professional therapists.
Dr. Rosaline Adjepong, Director of the Garden City Special School, said the absence of speech, recreational and music professionals, as well as physiotherapists had not been helpful the rehabilitation of children in these schools.
This, she told the Ghana News Agency (GNA), had been a missing link, that needed to be urgently addressed.
Dr. Adjepong said there was now an increasing drift by many countries across the world, towards the therapeutic aspect of the rehabilitation of children with developmental disabilities.
It had become the trend, and Ghana could not afford to become an exception, she added.
She spoke of how neurologic music therapists, for instance, were being used extensively elsewhere to offer clinical and evidence-based professional services to assist particularly, children with intellectual disability, to improve.
The Garden City Special School is one of the 24 governmental special schools and has a population in excess of 150 mentally-challenged children.
The school has been training these children in vocational skills - leather and wood works, batik, tie and dye, envelopes and doormat-making.
Dr. Adjepong renewed the call to pregnant women to stay away from alcohol, smoking and self-medication to avoid permanent damage to their unborn babies.