Special Education Needs Teacher shares experience handling own son with autism

SEN Coordinator Wenchelle Villondo facilitates the parents' orientation for Special Educational Needs.

SEN Coordinator Wenchelle Villondo facilitates the parents’ orientation for Special Educational Needs.

Staff Report

Special Education Needs Coordinator Wenchelle Villondo conveyed this message to approximately 48 parents who enrolled their children in a Special Needs Education (SEN) program at The Philippine School Dubai on September 16, 2017.

Villondo, who acknowledged having a son with autism, turned emotional while informing the parents the procedures and policies in availing SEN program. This year, the parents or guardians who availed the program doubled.

“What the teachers need are support; there should be a feedback mechanism from parents.     I am thankful that there is a SEN program,” Roble Gonzales, the president of the SEN organization said.

Inclusion of children with special educational needs was the theme of the event. Last year, the Knowledge and Human Development Authority inspectors in Dubai recognized a good practice of the department because of its good flow of programs specifically the pulling out of children to give individual instructions.

“Forget about the academics, eventually the child will learn. Focus first in improving and shaping a child’s behavior before academics. Don’t worry, teachers are embracing your job, ” the Special Education Head clarified to the parents.



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