Masters Student in Autism Spectrum Disorders Opens School in Home Country of Uganda

Fredrick Sembatya from http://www.teensandtotscenter.co.ug/

Fredrick Sembatya from http://www.teensandtotscenter.co.ug/

University of South Wales, UK – Frederick Semabatya, a masters student at the University of South Wales’ Caerleon campus, who will graduate in September, with his masters in autism spectrum disorders has just set up a school for autistic children in his home country, Uganda.

Aside from his studies he finds time to raise the awareness of autism in his East African country, Uganda.  Little is know there about this disorder.  He spends time teaching parents the skills and techniques needed to intervene and help their children.

Frederick Semabatya has created the Teens and Tots Neuro Development center and acts as the Director of the school in Kampala, Uganda. The website explains their mission of serving those children ages 3 to 14:

we consider the variations in individual motor and sensory processing systems and tailor each child’s program to his or her specific needs. We have a dynamic staff with different professional backgrounds and skills that will work tirelessly in collaboration with the parents to ensure that we unlock the potential of the children.

Mr Semabatya has appeared on TV talk shows, written articles in the local press and organizes workshops for both parents and children .At age thirty four he is an inspiration for all who study autism spectrum disorders. Talking with South Wales Argus, Mr Semabatya said,

“Autism is one of the most challenging conditions in the world, with no known cause or cure. These challenges leave communities such as those in Uganda with very few people knowing about autism, who are left with no choice but to rely on traditional or non-evidence based approaches to define, diagnose and manage it .That is why it is vitally important that more is done to educate communities about autism and prevent parents from using the services of ‘witch doctors’ for spiritual interventions.”

“I am so grateful to the University for shaping my career and my future. My studies have enabled me to change the lives of people with autism as well as their families.”

He and his students will appear on NTV television next month as they take part is a sports gala event.

Mr Semabatya  is currently writing a guide for parents , guardians as well as medical professionals to help promote better awareness among all. He has helped several children and adults with special needs education, behavioral management, self-help skills, social skills and speech, language and communication skills. Some of those he has helped are communicating well and are going to mainstream schools. He says,

“I feel blessed whenever I change the life of someone with autism/ I hope that my guide will give direction to parents, teachers and medical professionals in Uganda on how to work with autistic children and young adults.”

The University of South Wales is one of the few universities to offer a masters program in autism spectrum disorder studies. Mr. Sembatya won a scholarship to study for his Masters  at the University of South Wales.

For more information on Frederick’s work, visit the website teensandtotscenter.co.ug or email fredonline@yahoo.com.

Source: South Wales Argus