Center lends a helping hand to children in Nigeria living with autism spectrum disorder - Amjambo Africa
Tochi Ajike was thrown into a state of fear and confusion in 2020 when her 18-month-old son David (a pseudonym), still couldn’t make any sounds – not even babbling. Instead what he did was rock back and forth, spin in circles, and cry for no apparent reason.
A friend mentioned that David might be living with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). But Ajike, age 32, did not know much about the disorder. She began by looking up “autism.”
”It was terrible, and felt like the end of the world for me, because the results I got from the search convinced me my child had autism, even before a doctor could confirm it,” Ajike said.
But family members and friends believed David’s situation was spiritually based. They offered to take Ajike and David to popular pastors, who they believed could undo what they considered to be the devil’s handiwork.