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Anna Chinyama

Anna Chinyama

Kyle Preparatory School, Masvingo, Zimbabwe

Title: Inclusive learning and intervention for learners with autism [ILILA]

Biography

Anna Chinyama attained a certificate for teaching in Preparatory Schools at The University of Zimbabwe. She also attained a degree in Educational Administration at the same University.. Her quest to help children with learning difficulties led her to train as an Educational Therapist with National Institute for Learning Development (NILD) South Africa.. She later became a Dyslexia Therapist after studying at the International Open Academy U.K. At the same time, She also studied for a certificate in Autism Awareness. She attended " Hands On Autism" courses with Autism South Africa (ASA). Anna is currently teaching Autistic Learners at Kyle Preparatory School in Zimbabwe. She also conducts Educational Therapy and Dyslexia Therapy Sessions in the school, as well as to other members of the community in need of her help.

 

Abstract

ILILA is Inclusive Learning and Intervention for Learners with Autism.  It is an educational programme whereby the learning and intervention processes for learners with Autism Spectrum Disorder takes place while they are among other children of their age range who are non-autistic. ILILA is an idea that generated from a situation when Autistic children had been brought up in a community where the population had very little knowledge about autism. The small town of Masvingo had no centres where these children could get Intervention. It was the plight of the desperate parents who approached the school and the teacher for help, that led to the creation of ILILA

ILILA  is a collaborative effort between the school, Clinical Psychologists and the parents, to provide effective, practical and experiential intervention in the education of learners with ASD among other non-autistic learners and not in isolation. Intervention is based on the principles of programmes, theories and philosophies of education. It is also based on a combination of ASD approaches that are Internationally accepted as best practice for ASD intervention. Approaches include -1 Observations:- Covert, Overt, Participant, Non- participant and Contextual observations.  2-Interviews;- Interviews are done to collect valuable information from parents and caregivers. 3- Visual over verbal is also done 4- The Makaton communication programme to enhance communication. More approaches can be applied as the learners become more developed.