THE IMPACT OF GAMES ON COGNITIVE IMPAIRED CHILDREN IN GHANA: CHILDREN FROM THE DZORWULU SPECIAL SCHOOL IN PERSPECTIVE

Tabitha Harriet Deh

Abstract


A closer look at Ghanaian games and their benefits disclose an enormous potential in educating both regular and special needs children. These games help in effecting positive attitudinal and/or behavioral change as well as imparting in them the necessarily values of life. This research explores games for both didactic purposes as well as to improve upon the lifestyle of children with special needs, mainly in the category of cognitive impairment. These children have frequently suffered rejection, stigmatization, and marginalization, and have often been branded under the notion that ‘nothing good can come out of them’. This study therefore encourages children with special needs in the Dzorwulu Special School in Ghana to explore a few of these games to their benefit, thereby allowing them to interact proficiently with their social environment and to change the negative perceptions about them.

 

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games, cognitive impaired children, special education

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