Special Needs Department
Miss Mauwa Asasni
Head Teacher SEN (Special Education Needs)
Mauwa Asani has been teaching the SIS SEN class since September 2017. Though she studied Humanities, Classics,
and History, she obtained an online diploma in Special Education Needs in July of 2017. Since then she has completed other
online qualifications that are in line with teaching children with special needs.
Mrs Hannatu Adamu Kadi
Assistant Teacher SEN (Special Educationa Needs) Class
Mrs. Kadi is married with two children and has been teaching in the SIS SEN class since November 2017.
Before that, she taught Geography in the secondary section of SIS, from 2014-2016. She is a graduate of
the Federal University of Technology Yola, where she obtained a BTech in Geology.
What We Do
Here in the SIS SEN classroom we teach students who might otherwise be considered by others to be ‘un-teachable.’ We try and share simple knowledge with our students in such a way that is easy for them to understand. In our class we strive to teach easy/basic topics in different subjects, ranging from personal hygiene to simple mathematical concepts like adding and subtracting, to colouring so as to help them with their motor skills, to art and, many other topics. We learn while at the same time trying to have fun doing it.
We have/have had students with various special needs, with the seriousness of their conditions ranging from mild to severe, including:
- ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder)
- Specific Learning Disorders such as Dyslexia
- Issues with writing
- Learning Difficulties
- Issues with speech
- Learning difficulties as a result of traumatic brain injury
In the future, we hope to equip our classroom with more facilities that would be helpful to the student’s learning. We hope to arrange our learning in such a way so as to be able to accommodate a higher number of students with special needs while at the same time not over-taxing the abilities of the teachers so that they can give the students 100% of themselves.
Our Future Plans
In the SIS SEN class there are several things that we hope to achieve. This list is by no means an exhaustible one. These are just a few of the goals that we want to see realized.
- To give hope to those students in our school who may otherwise feel left out of the academic environment due to various reasons.
- To educate the student body in SIS in general about special needs and in doing so, remove the stigma attached to special needs.
- To make learning fun for our students.
- To know our students so that we can design their learning to fit them (ie whether they are visual/auditory/kinaesthetic learners).
- To make the SEN class a safe space where the children with special needs can feel free to be themselves.
- To make the SEN class a haven for all students.
- To encourage creativity in our students.
- To be patient and understand that our students have their limititations.
- To NEVER make our students feel like they are worthless or stupid.
- To help our students to the very best of our abilities to become compassionate, useful individuals, both to themselves and to society as a whole.
- To understand that as teachers we don’t know everything and must be willing to learn.
- To continue to do research in order to better equip ourselves to serve our students better.
- To take care of ourselves as teachers so that our students will then be well taken care of.
The curriculum of each student is determined on an individual basis. While there are several students who are being taught almost the same topics, there will be differences between them, however slight. Depending on the abilities or perceived abilities of the student, lessons will be planned for him/her and carried out. With the special students, in general, we tend to begin at the very beginning with topics such as simple phonics, simple addition/subtraction, simple shapes, following simple patterns etc., which are nursery school level topics. As the student advances so too does the difficulty and detail of the topics treated.
We try and make sure to do a lot of practical activities in class as this is one of the best and most fun ways in which children can learn.