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Issues and Concerns features posts that talks about the latest news and updates concerning special education in the Philippines.
New Year means cleaning time for me. In one of my box of information treasures I found a handout from one of my Master’s class about Distance Learning shared to us in class by one of my classmates. Unfortunately, there is no citation where the information was retrieved or maybe I lost that page but I found the definitions still useful. Thus, if you need a basic resource to describe distance learning and its aspects, the information below might be of some use to you.
If in case you can find out where this information was retrieved, I will be glad to give the proper citation. Just please comment the information in the comments box below.
I. Definition of Distance Learning
Special Education Philippines received this question from one of the messages via Special Education Philippines Facebook Fan Page.
“I’m a college student taking up BEED-SPED, a sophomore student. Can I ask you a few questions? What’s your insights or ideas about assessment of learning aptitude and the importance of assessing the learning aptitude of the learner as far as (1. General education) (2. Special education) is concerned. Thank you very much.”
I find the question timely as this morning I’ve read how a mother friend of mine is so proud of her son for being assessed a gifted learner. But what is a gifted learner? Let me answer that in succeeding posts. For now, Llet’s look at our reader’s question first: What’s your insights or ideas about assessment of learning aptitude?
To answer this, I would have to consider first why is there a need for assessment?
Special Education ends the coverage of the topic “Encouraging Responsibility in Children with ADHD” with 10 tips to promote positive communication with your child with ADHD. We understand that some of the tips might be easier said than done. Nobody said the road to success will be smooth and easy.
We can even say that it is very difficult for parents to be firm when their kids are having a harder time than the other kids. But taking it easy on them especially in teaching discipline and responsibility do not help our kids in the long run.
The tips listed here applies to anyone. Yet it is the simple ones that we miss because we think we know them already. Refresh your memory and maybe one or two of these tips can tell you what you can improve the next time you communicate with your child with ADHD.
The list of tips to encourage responsibility is collected specifically for children with ADHD. There will be some items though that works better for children with ADHD or items that regular children may not need. Generally speaking, it still applies to all children.
Special Education Philippines suggests that if you plan to implement these tips in your home that you consider to talk about it first with the guardians of the child which would mean your spouse or partner. After you have agreed with the interpretation of the statement, you can cascade this to other members of the household like helpers, extended family and siblings of your child.
The important thing is to make sure that everyone is on the same page when you are talking about these tips. This is to ensure clarity and consistency.
This is part 2 of the 21 Tips to encourage a child to be responsible. This list was collected to help parents of children with ADHD promote the value of responsibility in their homes. As mentioned in the previous post, the list generally applies to all children. However, this list in particular highlights the needs of children with ADHD and will tackle situations specific to them. If you find that the strategy might work for you regardless if your child has ADHD or not, feel free to use it in your home.
Another topic covered during the ADHD Support group meetings tackled “Encouraging Responsibility” to children with ADHD. Based from our actual discussion during the meeting, it appears that the list does not apply only to children but can also be used by adults as well.
The list given to the participants during the said support group meeting is quite long. Special Education Philippines will post and summarize the list in parts so as not to overwhelm our readers here with information. There will be three topics covered for the topic on “Encouraging Responsibility” namely:
1. A child with ADHD needs frequent redirection
2. Tips to Encourage a Child to be Responsible
3. Tips for Positive Communication
To begin with let’s start with the first topic: “A child with ADHD needs frequent redirection”
In Special Education Philippines’ previous post we talked about Organization Tips for your child with ADHD. However, we focused on the things we should not do as parents for our child with ADHD if we want them to learn how to control their own clutter. Today, we will feature four of the rules Dr. Patricia Quinn mentioned in her article for ADDitude on how to end household clutter and help our ADHD child organize.
Four Simple Rules for Cleaning Up
On one of the parenting support group meetings of ADHD Society of the Philippines, Special Education Philippines was able to get information on one of the topics discussed to help children with ADHD live successfully on their own and that is “End Household Clutter: ADHD Organization Help for Kids”
In my online research I found out that the original article was written by Dr. Patricia Quinn M.D. and it was released in ADDitude. The latter is an online website and magazine dedicated in helping people with ADHD.
Below is a summary of the points Dr. Quinn mentioned in the article and some of my personal thoughts about teaching organization to children with ADHD.
What Not to Do for Your Child With ADHD:
Please take note this is already part two of the letter Mommy Beauty wrote with regards to her very young child using an inappropriate language for his age. To read the full story, you may want to visit: What To Do When Your Child Curses?
After reading the suggestions Special Education Philippines gave Mommy Beauty, she gave us the following updates below:
Hello Ms. Ia!
When I need a perk-me-up I visit one group where I can see faces of beautiful children with loving parents. Somehow it keeps me grounded that there are still good things in this world and I should stay true to my calling because there is hope.
One particularly not so happy day after watching the parents of Sandy Hook School bury their children, I visited this group again to make me feel happy. True enough, words of hope were given by Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines, Inc. Vice President, Ms. Malu Tiongson-Ortiz. There is something real and sincere whenever I hear Ms. Malu’s message that can ease your pain. I’ve heard that she even visited families who have children with Down Syndrome just to tell them that they have a support group. No wonder why the group is so alive because it is a group of families who truly wish the best for their fellow members. It is a privilege to be part of their group even if I am just watching from a distance.
Below is a re–post of Ms. Malu’s message to the members of Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines entitled “May It Be To Me As You Have Said”