Mrs. Dotun Akande is the Founder and Director of Patrick Speech and Languages Centre, (Patricks) Ikeja, Lagos.
It can rightly be said that she revolutionized the Autism awareness campaign in Nigeria. Today, Patricks stands tall as the pioneer Special Needs Centre for the education of children with Autism, offering services such as speech, occupational, music and behaviour therapy. The Centre also offers social skills building and play therapy using best practices. Mrs. Dotun Akande, with her cerebral team, have successfully worked with and integrated over 50 children into mainstream school system and has given employment to 4 adults with Autism even as she plans a new school facility that can accommodate and help more children and adults.
She qualified as a Behaviour Analyst from the Florida Institute of Technology USA. She is an advanced Certified Autism Specialist (ACAS), with Patricks being the first Nigerian Autism Centre to be registered with the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES). She holds a diploma in School leadership from the Lagos Business School.
Mrs. Dotun Akande, a Cherie Blair Mentee, was also the Vlisco Woman for the years 2015 to 2017. An honour bestowed on her for the contributions she made to the growth of Autism awareness and management in Nigeria. Mrs Dotun Akande has also featured in the first Access Bank Plc “W Power of 100” and “WimBiz Inspire Me 2”, featuring leading Nigerian women who have excelled in their various endeavours. Her desire for continuous learning and improvement led her to enroll in the John Maxwell Leadership Program to enable her continue her national advocacy for the differently able.
Mrs. Dotun Akande is happily married with three children.
Funmi Enikanselu is an HND holder in Office Technology and Management from Yaba College of Technology, Lagos. She is so passionate about working with children with special needs since she came into the field in 2006. She had done a series of training both within the country Nigeria, and outside the country such as Ghana, and South Africa. She is a Registered Behaviour Technician (RBT) and Certified Autism Specialist. She has 13 years working experience with children with Autism and other related disabilities; and presently, heading the Centre Patrick Speech and Languages Centre.
Mr. Gbenga Kehinde is a graduate of Music / Learning disability from Federal College of Education (Special) Oyo. He has been certified to work in the field of autism from International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
He has developed talents in some of the children living with Autism, in areas such as playing of musical instruments and body movement. He is presently working at Patrick Speech and Languages Centre as a Music Therapist for over 7 years.
(Bsc Psy, Msc Psy)
Oluwatosin Faramade Ibimidu is a graduate of Psychology from the University of Lagos, Akoka Lagos, Nigeria. She also holds a masters degree in Clinical Psychology from the same institution in the year 2011. She has been certified to work in the field of Autism from the International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
Her career as a young, vibrant and dedicated psychologist has lasted for about seven years to date. She eventually earned her spot as a psychologist working with Patrick Speech and Languages Centre. A job she presently does with passion and enthusiasm, she considers working with children with special needs as a lifestyle. She currently resides in Lagos with her husband (Victor), a guidance counselor with young adults.
(PGD Edu, SLST)
Abimbola Erimona holds a Post graduate diploma in Education from the University of Ibadan. She is a trained Speech and Language Support Therapist from ELKLAN UK and also a badge of Autism Certification from International Board of Credentialing and Continuing Education Standards (IBCCES).
She is presently working at PSLC as Speech and Language Coordinator.
She has attended several trainings and seminars in managing children living with disabilities and in particular has specialized her skills and knowledge on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) some of which include but not limited to: Augmentative and Alternative Communication, Communication and Listening Skills, RBT Floridatech 40hrs Training, Speech and Language Difficulties.
He has a Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology, and is statutorily registered in the United Kingdom both as a clinical and forensic psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). He is a Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (BPS), a full member of the BPS Division of Clinical Psychology, Faculty of Learning Disability, and Faculty of Forensic Psychology. He is a Senior Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, and a professional member of the British Institute of Learning Disabilities (BILD). He is trained and licensed to use a number of specialist autism needs and diagnostic assessment tools (e.g. ADOS-2, AAA, DISCO etc), and tools for cognitive & adaptive/social skills functioning, emotional/affective characteristics and personality psychopathology, all of which can be adapted for use with people who have autism. He has developed skills in adapting generic models of offence-related therapies for people with autism who also present with problems such as fire-setting/arson, sex offence/offending behaviour and addiction. He has practised across various care settings, both in Nigeria and UK, for over 30 years. He currently practise in the UK under the aegis of MKayD Services.