Raising Einsteins: Bacolod Center for Special Needs Children
Children need extra care, love, and nurturing to guide them as they grow up. But there are kids who need more. So much more, in fact. And this is where Raising Einsteins, a Bacolod center for special needs children, comes in to help.
Passion and Compassion
The term “special needs” cover a wide spectrum of disabilities that may affect children in their functioning in either cognitive, physical or mental aspect. And these manifest in different ways, such as aggressive behavior, poor grades in school, hyperactivity, and many others.
Untrained individuals will most likely find it hard to deal with them on a day to day basis. Directress Krishna Lacson-Benedicto explains that their teachers at Raising Einsteins have completed training in Special Education.
But aside from that, she has seen the passion, compassion, and commitment of the teachers towards their students, which is very important in this line of work.
Services Offered at Raising Einsteins
At Raising Einsteins, they offer different services. These are:
There are children with special needs who attend mainstream classes but need further tutorials to complete their tasks or prepare them for the next day.
Some parents have opted to homeschool their children because of their special requirements. Raising Einsteins can supervise them while completing their school work.
Children with Special Needs
Raising Einsteins offers day care for special children. Depending on what specific care they need, their programs can be scheduled for an hour, half a day, or the whole day. The aim is to train them with LIFE SKILLS, to give them safe haven while parents are at work, and also to send them home to their families in a state of calmness and peace.
Prior to admission, Benedicto said that first step is Evaluation and Assessment to be done by Teacher Lynette, a trained SPED Program Director. Also, they would ask for an assessment report from a developmental pediatrician. They work closely with Dr. Iris Bettina D. Echaus, a Bacolod developmental-behavioral pediatrician, with clinic at the Medical Plaza at B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City.
The children will then have an Individualized Educational Program (IEP), which is a collaborative effort between the developmental pediatrician, speech therapist, occupational therapist, and the center.
The IEP is a legal document in the United States. This written document includes a detailed description of the child’s unique educational needs as well as the specific and measurable goals for the child, so it also evolves as the child progresses.
Assessment is not just limited to a single session. The staff at Raising Einsteins also go out of their way to study the family setup, talk to the parents, caregivers, and other family members in order to get a big picture of the child’s specific care needs and condition.
Special Needs Children They Can Accommodate
After assessment and they know what they are dealing with, Raising Einsteins will then recommend a program for the child.
Among the conditions that they can accommodate are those who are diagnosed with or at least show symptoms of any of the following:
- Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
- Developmental/Global Delay
- Other intellectual disabilities
They accept children and teenagers.
Life Skills Training
A lot of special needs children possess very young minds and weak muscle control. Many of them are unable to do the usual tasks that normal children would often find very easy to do. Raising Einsteins recommends EARLY INTERVENTION.
These kids need proper guidance and training in order to be able to perform some basic daily functions like taking baths, brushing their teeth, and toilet training. More advanced tasks would be the ability to set the table for meal times, prepare food, water the plants, and even wash clothes. These are some of the basic life skills taught at Raising Einsteins.
To teach basic life skills, Raising Einsteins employs the Picture Exchange Communication System or the PECS. These children respond well to visual instructions
This is the very reason that this Bacolod center for special needs children features the set basic set up of a home. They have a living room, dining room, kitchen, garden, playground, and even a laundry area. In this way, the children will be able to familiarize themselves with the different parts of the house and their functions.
Eventually, they will add a mock dental clinic and doctor’s office. These will help the children become more familiar with doctors and medical processes as well as remove their fears.
From All Walks of Life
More than just a business, setting up a Bacolod center for special needs children has become Benedicto’s advocacy. Raising Einsteins aims to address behavioral problems as well as to teach life skills to special children so that they can function in their day to day lives with minimal assistance.
With the help of her partner Rose Remitio from the United States, they bring in materials, toys, and books that are specifically designed for special children.
Additionally, they understand that special children are born in every level of the society. They acknowledge the fact that it occurs even in low income families. It is a such a struggle to fit in day care for children with special needs if you have a tight family budget. So Raising Einsteins strives to bring down the fees at the center while giving the best management programs to the children.
Does your family need help in raising a child or children with special needs? Or do you know of families who need this? Then visit or call Raising Einsteins — Bacolod Intervention and Tutorial Center for Children with Special Needs.
Main office: Door#5-38 La Salle Avenue, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Extension: #11-23 Casiana Street, Eroreco Subdivision, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Call for appointments. Tel. No. (034) 708-4784 or Mobile: (0917) 314-8792
FB page: RaisingEinsteins
Dr. Iris Bettina D. Echaus
Rm 317, VLI Medical Plaza
B.S. Aquino Drive, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, Philippines
Tel. No. (034) 213-9807 | Mobile (0933) 818-8879