This centre on Sri Lanka’s East coast provides education and therapy to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. In the past, these specially talented children remained at home, attended common schools without guidance or were sent to centres for children with a mental disability, but did not receive any adapted care. In Theeraniyam, specialized teaching methods are being used and specific support is given to allow these children to develop themselves and learn how to cope with their disorder. Adolescents with mild ASD can continue to common schools under supervision of Theeraniyam. The more severe cases can follow a vocational training at the Brothers of Charity’s St. Joseph’s Special Education Centre in the same city when they reach 15 years of age. On Saturdays, parents are invited for counselling and group activities. This project received support from the US based International Medical Health Organization and has its classrooms on the property of the Brothers of Charity.
Batticaloa, Sri Lanka
Special primary education