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CGC conducts seminar on students with special needs

Faculty members at the Sui Generis: Identify & Embrace Students with Autism and Special Needs seminar organized by the Malayan Colleges Laguna's (MCL) Center for Guidance and Counseling (CGC) last June 6.

As part of Malayan Colleges Laguna’s (MCL) Faculty Orientation, college and senior high school (SHS) instructors and professors attended a Center for Guidance and Counseling (CGC)-initiated seminar entitled Sui Generis: Identify & Embrace Students with Autism and Special Needs last June 6, 2017.

Ms. Olivia D. Medina, President of the Autism Society of the Philippines - Sta. Rosa Chapter, was present to talk about the role of family in helping persons with autism.

Even though MCL neither offers special education nor has inclusive facilities to accommodate the needs of all kinds of students, the institute is mindful of the students who need special attention, believing that they deserve the same quality of education.

“Quality education for all does not end with setting up reasonable accommodations and services; rather, it extends to the kind of attitude administrators, faculty, students, and other school personnel must have towards students with special abilities,” CGC Head Ms. Mabeth B. Francia mentioned in her opening remarks.

For this endeavor, MCL invited Ms. Olivia D. Medina, President of the Autism Society of the Philippines-Sta. Rosa Chapter, and Ms. Ma. Victoria M. Dayao, Assistant Vice President for Learning and Information Systems and Services in De La Salle-College of St. Benilde, to share knowledge about autism.

Present also as a speaker was Ms. Ma. Victoria M. Dayao, Assistant Vice President for Learning and Information Systems and Services in De La Salle - College of St. Benilde, who explained the differences among children with autism.

Ms. Medina stressed how family plays an important role in a person with autism. “Intervention starts at home because parents know their children better.”

She elaborated classroom strategies and tips that are helpful in the society when dealing with persons with autism, then ended her talk by quoting Dr. Temple Grandin and encouraging the teachers to have the intention to help the students with special needs overcome their challenges because she believes that “these people can really bring a lot to the community.”

To open her lecture, Ms. Dayao explained how children with autism are different from each other in terms of behavior, and how important it is to know which approach works for each student.

“There’s no one service for all,” she claimed.

She also shared the facilities of international schools for special children like the Boston Higashi School in USA.

Ms. Dayao continued to remind the teachers that they should be ready to discuss teen life with their students. “Teens have raging hormones. They can sometimes be soft or rough… Tell them how they should behave as adults because it’s important for them to know that not everything is acceptable in public.”

Sui Generis, which is a Latin word for unique or ‘of its own kind,’ was intended for the educators to understand particular students and to continue working hand-in-hand to help them reach their potential and their dreams.


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