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Special Moments School needs new premises to operate smoothly

“We have neighbours who insist we sedate a learner who screams. I would say that is our biggest problem."

The Special Moments School is a registered NPO based in Terenure, Kempton Park.

The school, established in 2017, is dedicated to providing specialised education and therapy to children with autism, ADHD, Down syndrome and cerebral palsy.

It is a fully compliant facility, founded and run by women, and is committed to positively impacting the lives of learners with disabilities.

School principal Sarika Bhaghan spoke to the Kempton Express.

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“As a passionate and dedicated individual working as a special needs teacher in a special needs facility, and having to move to Johannesburg in search of a job at a special needs facility, I decided to open my facility to assist learners with special needs and job creation for myself and others special needs teachers to come,” she said.

She added that the Department of Social Development and Woolworths sponsor the school.

Bhaghan said the school needed a better facility, adding that one of the biggest challenges was receiving daily complaints from neighbours.

“We have neighbours who insist we sedate a learner who screams. I would say that is our biggest problem.

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“Neighbours complain, and the facility and parents are tired of the complaints because these are learners with special needs; this is how they behave. That’s just how they are.”

The school has 25 learners, and the facility is zoned for learners aged three to 17.

“We need new premises where we can be free with our learners, so we can focus on what we need to do to change the lives of special needs learners, one learner at a time.”

Bhaghan said her dream is to move to a better facility and grow and develop teachers and learners.

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