Asktoks.com was founded on the belief that we can change the world's response to autism and mental health issues through education, sharing information and a positive approach to every interaction. Asktoks.com is run by Toks Bakare, a behaviour analyst. She primarily provides treatment services for children with development disorders by designing educational programmes for the children and working with the primary care givers; parent, teachers to effectively implement them. The children are examined in the major developmental areas i.e. their cognitive skills, motor skills, emotional development and their ability to have fun and interact with others. A developmental checklist is developed and specific activities are designed to develop and enhance areas of deficiency.
Asktoks.com also goes a step further and trains the children’s caregivers to administer these tests properly.
Asktoks.com works with an interdisciplinary team to address all the needs of the child. Aside from Toks Bakare, the behavior analyst asktoks.com also works with a reading specialist and an education psychologist. Asktoks.com also partners with schools that have enrolled special needs children and local clinics to adopt early intervention approach in the schools, to quickly identify signs of learning deficiencies that will prevent educational development in school. Asktoks.com also does capacity building for schools with special needs units, by working with teachers, head teachers to better equip them in dealing with special needs children.
The asktoks.com website offers basic information for parents and teachers of special needs children and an electronic platform for parents to ask questions and get assistance from various locations.
The website also offers helpful resources and information on the care of special needs children such as a training document was developed by asktoks.com on Behavioural Approach to Facilitation Techniques in the Classroom
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportTransitional supportParental/community engagement in support of studentsInclusive Education
The organization plans to work with international governmental organinsations that would be willing to invest in teacher training and development for special needs children and to collaborate with implementers in Ghana and Kenya on training on a bigger scale.
It also plans to partner with a public hospitals and mental health and pediatric doctors to run a clinic for special needs children with learning difficulties who otherwise cannot afford the treatment. Asktoks.com will raise awareness for the clinic using TV adverts,r adio jingles and social media camapigns.
Monitoring & EvaluationYes
Currently, there is no formal monitoring and evaluation structure in place, however schools where teachers and other members of staff have been trained are visited to check if best practice is maintained and the activities/exercises designed for the children are being implemented.User satisfactionAbility to reach the poorCost effectiveness/value for moneyNo