Prof. Shirley Yul-Ifode, Director, Port Harcourt Study Centre of the National Open University of Nigeria, has identified collaboration as a major factor in combating Child Language disorders in the country.
The Director made this known in Abuja while delivering the 14th Inaugural Lecture of NOUN which was themed; “The child beyond the beach of life: Our Corporate Concern.
She disclosed that communication which is the bedrock of academic excellence is enjoying extensive attention in most of the developed world but unfortunately, it has been highly neglected in Nigeria.
She said the consequences for a communication disordered person go beyond communication hence need for urgent action.
“The question of communication disorders have remained unanswered not because many of them have no answers, but because there is a very minimal concern for them in Nigeria, while various groups and organisations involved in with persons with disabilities still operate in isolation,” she stated.
According to her, some interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary forums are still needed to brainstrom on the way forward for this Nigerian Child regularly.
“This is particularly needed in the spirit of globalisation of which we have read and heard much about, but with less action in the area of the special child with communication needs that is standing on the minority ground,” she added.
Yul-Ifode stressed that there are many children with communications disorders in our communities of various degrees who cannot communicate effectively through the medium of Language with other users of the target language, adding that there is urgent need for collaboration in Nigeria.
The Vice Chancellor of NOUN, Prof. Abdalla Uba Adamu, had ealier stated that communication is very important and the university is looking at the partnering together with the technological issues the world has provided to enhance the challenge.