BUCE partners with PEP Center for seminar-training on special education

Thursday July 19,2018

With the goal of helping children with exceptionalities in learning, the Personal Enrichment Program (PEP) Center partnered with Bicol University College of Education (BUCE) in the conduct of a training seminar for special education teachers at the BUCE’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Hall from July 19 to 21, 2018.

Dubbed “Thinking Outside the Box”, the said seminar is aimed at improving the understanding and knowledge of teachers in dealing with learners with special needs, like those with Down’s syndrome and autism. Aside from educators, parents of special learners were also invited to participate in the activity as the special child’s domestic life plays a crucial role in his/her academic improvement.

“For students with learning exceptionalities, it is very important for us teachers to fully understand them, know their capabilities and manage them properly,” said Dr. Lorna Mina, Dean of BUCE, during her opening remarks.

This three-day seminar was divided into three major parts: Getting to Know Exceptionalities (Day 1), Management of Different Exceptionalities (Day 2), and Educational Management of Different Exceptionalities (Day 3).

On the first day of the seminar, Niño Ricky Tumandiang M.A.Ed.SPED, a SPED specialist, advocate and consultant from the University of the Philippines (UP), gave an introduction and explanation on what the different exceptionalities are, like Attention Deficit Hypersensitivity Disorder (ADHD), down syndrome and autism.

He also discussed the characteristics of these exceptionalities and talked about approaches on how to best handle learners with the said conditions. Tumandiang, with his 15c years of experience in special education, also imparted knowledge on interventions and educational directions of exceptionalities.

For the second day of the gathering, the discussions are set to focus on managing exceptionalities. Dr. Maria Cielo Malijan MD, DDPS, FPSDBP, a developmental and behavioural paediatrician, will be talking about the medical assessment of learners with exceptionalities. This will be followed by a discussion about Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) Perspective by Mark David Magbanua, behavioural consultant and managing director of Bridges –Child Development Programme.

There will also be a discussion on Occupational Prespective by Occupational Therapist Theresa Petra Reblora, OTPR, OTR. After each expert is done with their lectures, the participants are given the chance to ask questions for a better understanding on the subject.

The third day of the seminar is expected to delve into teaching strategies for students with exceptionalities. Teresita Almayda, SPED coordinator of PAG-ASA National High School, will be imparting her knowledge about adaptation strategies for teachers. This will be followed by another discussion from Tumandiang regarding home intervention for students with exceptionalities.