This photo diary is a contribution of Ms. Thea Peña of ASP Bacoor.
Our family recently took a day trip to Tagaytay Highlands Equestrian Park. Mr. Henry Ocier hopes to introduce equine therapy for individuals with ASD to parents and professionals as a therapeutic, occupational and recreational outlet. He showed us the places in the zoo and sports center where children with ASDs can leisurely engage their energies to sensorial satisfaction. Together with Mr. Nelson Mendoza, Estate Administrator of Tagaytay Highlands, Mr. Ocier expressed hope of launching a project where the autism community, including professionals, will be welcomed in the place to engage the kids in various activities such as equine therapy, zoo tripping, bowling, etc. Mr. Ocier also plans to set up a PWD awareness seminar for the Tagaytay Highlands community soon.
|He also showed Muneer how to brush a horse’s hairy body. Here, Muneer poses affectionately with Clik Clik while brushing his smooth, brown hair.|
|Kuya Bonnie, an expert with the zoo animals who reminds me of Matanglawin’s Kuya Kim, shows Muneer a parrot, to which he responds by caressing it with curiosity and amusement.|
|Mama (ASP National President Jan Peña) and Muneer meet the angels of Tagaytay Highlands! Kuya Bonnie (far left), zoo custodian, Mr. Henry Ocier (center) and Kuya Arthur, sports custodian.|
|Sir Henry made a drawing of Muneer together with Clik Clik and gave it to Muneer as a souvenir. Muneer then is asked to imitate the picture, and signed it with his name on the horse afterwards.Close enough. Not bad Muneer!|