Senior year psychology students from the Lyceum of the Philippines University Cavite, the League of United Psychology Students and the Autism Society Philippines teamed up to organize an immersion program for a unique exposure event with children with autism last 26 September 2015
As a project for the subject Exceptional Psychology, the students came up with a program that elevated their knowledge and applied the learned skills in handling exceptional children. With the guidance from their instructor, Ms. Ruby Heramia, and Ms. Mary Janette I. Peña, President of ASP Dasmariñas Chapter, the immersion was made possible.
A week before the conduct of the event, Mrs. Peña was invited in the class and oriented the students as they will be the main facilitators of the event. She emphasized the nature and characteristics of the children inspired from her own experiences as a mother to one and from other mothers like her.
On the big day, the student facilitators started the registration as the children accompanied by their parents arrivede. The program commenced with a doxology prepared by the students, the national anthem and the opening remarks from Ms. Ma. Alodia C. Mercado, the Coordinator of the Psychology Program.
Each student-facilitator was assigned to a respective child, and accompanied them throughout the program. To brighten up the mood, a Zumba number was presented by the students. The children danced and followed smoothly in the rhythm as well. After the warm up session, the kids were given a health break where they enjoyed the prepared cupcakes and juices for them. A couple of games participated mainly by the children and their ates and kuyas for the day followed. The children were surprisingly active and fairly competitive. The children received tokens after each games. The program ended with an appetizing lunch for everyone, and followed by a speech from the head of the event Ms. Heramia, who thanked everyone who attended the event; the parents, teachers, as well as the student-facilitators who worked behind the success of the immersion.
The respective representatives from the ASP chapters FROM Silang, Bacoor and Dasmariñas were awarded with plaques of appreciation for making the event possible. The event ended
with a group picture with all the attendees.
About the contributor: Erika Imperial is a fourth year student from Lyceum of the Philippines University Cavite, currently taking up Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She is the active Secretary of the League of United Psychology Students. She participated in several seminars in the past years including one in personality development (2014), as well as course-based conventions organized by Cavite Center for Mental Health (2014-2015).