Once a child has been diagnosed with Autism, most parents never really know the next step to take as there is so much to deal with and learn in an effort to ensure that the child gets the best out of life. When the child is of school-going age, it might be difficult for some parents because most of the Primary schools (especially public) may not have departments that solely care for autistic children.
There have also been instances where parents online have recounted heart–wrenching stories of how their children were mistreated in schools that could not handle children living with autism. It, therefore, makes sense that parents would want their children to go to schools with specialized teachers and the correct environment where they can learn comfortably.
Some of the factors a parent should consider when looking for a special school for her autistic child include cost, proximity, the performance of students, specialized teachers and department as well as the safety of the child.
Below are some of the schools you can look into:
- Autism School International
Assuring parents of the ability to unchain these Special members of society, the Autism International School offers comprehensive care for children with Autism spectrum disorder among other types of learning abilities. To enroll your child, you should book a date for an interview and proceed from there.
Location: Thika, Kiambu County
Tel: 0721 282123
- Bridgewood School
Founded in 2004, Bridgewood is a school that covers early years from 2 years to 6 years as well as special Needs Education. According to their website, the school equips the children for future educational adjustments. A section reads that they do this by helping every child develop confidence, self-esteem and as individuals to be what God intends them to be regardless of their conditions. Some of the curriculum activities include communication skills, social skills, motor skills, cognitive skills, daily living skills, and attention skills. They also learn pre-academic skills and pre-vocational skills as well.
- St Gerald’s Centre for Children with Autism
Founded by Angela Githieki, St Gerald’s Centre is a day and boarding center that provides various interventions such as dietary measures to help autistic children feed well. The school admits children between 3 and 16 years and all programs are designed to meet the individual needs of each child.
Location: Tigoni, Limuru, in Kiambu County
Tel: 0731 680265
- Jacaranda Special School
The Jacaranda Special School is funded by the government and has been around since 1946. Apart from autism, it also admits children with other conditions such as Cerebral Palsy and Down syndrome.
Location: Kilimani, Nairobi County
- Kenya Community Centre for Learning (KCCL)
Kenya Community Centre for Learning is a community that accepts children with different learning challenges between the ages of 6 and 21 years. The children are from diverse religious, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The school prides itself in being a model center that caters to the empowerment and learning of people with learning disabilities. It does this by offering an enabling environment for the development and exploration of personal and academic potential.
Location: Behind the Thika Road Mall
Telephone: 0721 32489
- Joytown Schools for the Physically Disabled
Originally started by the Salvation Army, Joytown Primary and Secondary schools are now run by the government. Salvation Army only offers the spiritual aspect of it. The Primary school is home to 300 children, while the Secondary school part houses 200 students. Having a secondary school is very convenient since it meets the needs of the children who join from primary school.
Location: Thika town, Kiambu County.
Tel:  (020) 2403260/1/2
Fax:  (020) 2403263
- Kenya Institute of Special Education (KISE)
It mainly offers the best training as far as special needs education is concerned. This includes a preschool for young children with special needs. The institution also offers assessments for children with hearing impairments, visual impairments and autism, among other learning difficulties.
Location: Kasarani in Nairobi County,
Telephone: +254-20- 8007977, Cell: +254-724-269505.