To create a world that understands autism and more... because change is possible through education.
Establishing sustainable services for people with autism in the developing world and in places where services are inadequate or insufficient.
At asktoks.com we believe we can change the world's response to autism and mental health issues. We believe we can create a world that understands autism, thinks positively about developmental disorders, finds opportunities and builds on strengths, does not judge, disregard or outcast its children because of their mental ability. By sharing the information we have, we are helping to break down stigma and neutralise fear. We do this because changing perceptions is only possible through education and shared information.
asktoks.com was created because one person alone cannot physically reach the thousands that need our help, but a great number of those thousands can reach our site.
asktoks.com is a platform for parents of children with autism or other challenging behaviours, to seek guidance, treatment and support anonymously. All interactions without our team are strictly confidential.
We are a for-profit social enterprise that offers individual treatment services, intensive programs, private consultation, corporate services and more. These services benefit children who engage in behaviour that interferes with their development of new skills, restricts opportunities for social interaction and participation in inclusive settings or behaviour that endangers themselves or others.
We are what you see; We are open. We share with you our flaws because we are not afraid to learn in the presence of others. Our claims are truthful because our experience is vast in the field. We believe in what we do and do not claim more than what we know. We are authentic.
Addressing the treatment gap for children with autism spectrum disorders and other developmental disorders in Nigeria. Our focus on this group is strongly held within the larger context of national advocacy for child mental health and access to quality inclusive education.
Ms Bakare is an international Behaviour Analyst with over a decade of experience in developmental psychology. As an independent specialist consultant, she works with children in inclusive environments to provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) treatment. Her approach focuses on the provision of quality education for all children including those affected by autism spectrum disorders, pervasive developmental disorders and other related disorders.
After nearly a decade in the UK, studying and working for a community interest organisation that researches treatment for children with autism, in 2013 she took her expertise around the world with particular emphasis on Western and Southern Africa. She spent the year analysing education provision for disadvantaged and challenged children throughout Africa. Visiting Ministry of Education and Skills Development Central Resource Centre for Special Education, Gaborone, Botswana; Lubasi Home for orphans and vulnerable children, Livingstone, Zambia and The New Horizon Special School, Accra, Ghana
In 2014 she relocated from the UK to begin her work in Nigeria. Since relocating, she has consistently dedicated her work to bringing specialised services to the region. She designs specialised treatment plans for children with special educational needs using the techniques of Applied Behaviour Analysis; collaborates with paediatric clinics to improve early identification of developmental disorders and provides early intervention; works in schools for the improvement of special education needs services in inclusive environments; participates in mentoring and empowerment initiatives to nurture female adolescents; advocates for Autism acceptance through her social media platforms and virtual reality advocacy campaigns and at her annual masterclass for Social Media Week Lagos.
Ms Bakare’s commitment to improving quality education for children with special education needs in the country has translated to thousands of hours of practical training in ABA. Trainees receive an accredited certification in neurodevelopmental disorders from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). Acknowledged for her work in Africa, Ms Bakare was featured by Africa 2.0 as one of 30 Inspirational Women Shaking up Africa 2015. In the same year, she was honoured with a nomination as Humanitarian of the year by Women 4 Africa, an organisation focused on empowering Africa and its women by celebrating their role in their communities. Through her unrelenting advocacy campaigns, her public training programs and her highly skilled clinical treatments, this young woman is changing the lives of the millions of misunderstood neglected and under-served African children living with the burden of neurodevelopmental disorders.