Centre cares for children with autism

2016-04-28 06:00
=Ansie Bartosch, owner of Toddlers Paradise Care Centre in Uitenhage.                             Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

=Ansie Bartosch, owner of Toddlers Paradise Care Centre in Uitenhage. Photo: HEILIE COMBRINCK

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Autism is complicated. The abilities of people with autism range from severely impaired to extremely gifted. And no two persons, with this brain-based developmental disorder, are the same.

In Uitenhage educator Ansie Bartosch, owner of Toddlers Paradise Care Centre, speaks with enthusiasm regarding her holistic developmental approach in taking care of toddlers with autism and special needs.

“Autism is not curable. But through the understanding of each child’s special needs and giving individual attention, you can better the child’s standard of living,” said Bartosch.

There is no need to be ashamed when your child is diagnosed with autism. Bill Gates has autism. So does Susan Boyle and did geniuses like Albert Einstein, Sir Isaac Newton and Mozart.

Bartosh explains by focussing on the strong points of a child with autism, you can develop an uniquely skilled person.

Mozart for instance had repeated facial expressions, meowed like a cat, did somersaults and his hearing was very sensitive. He also was in need of constant motion of his hands and feet. This same man worked assiduously and arguably became the most gifted composer, conductor and musician in the history of classical music.

This may be 250-odd years ago, but the same principle still applies: educational stimulation will better the life of a child with autism.

“We at Toddlers Paradise embrace the inclusion and accommodation of children with special needs,” said Bartosh.

Toddlers Paradise Care Centre open day

Toddlers Paradise Care Centre has been in operation for the past 10 years and operates in conjunction with the departments of education as well as social development.

Bartosch is an experienced educator and recently spend some time at the Vera School for Learners with Autism in Rondebosch, Cape Town, to learn more about their curriculum and programmes for children with special needs.

Toddlers Paradise Care Centre takes care of 120 children who range from babies to Grade R learners. The aim of the open day is specifically to promote the special class for children with special needs.

Also in attendance at the open day, will be Jessica Knoetze from Sanlam. She will talk to parents regarding financial aspects and wills, specifically with the focus of taking care of children with special needs.

It so often happens that these children outlive their parents.

Toddlers Paradise’s services include: educational outings, balanced meals, sleepover facilities, open during school holidays and the TEACCH programme for children with disabilities.

The open day on Saturday (April 30th) will be from 09:00 - 12:00 at 4 Bidwell Street. There will be entertainment for the kids as well as Takalani Sesame colouring competition.

  • Enquiries: Ansie Bartosch 078 395 1038.

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