The Winged Wonder Learning Center is a holistic intervention center for children with special needs. With a name that immediately captures your imagination, parents can expect creative programs for children who are enrolled here. Some examples are: Arts Around the World program which aims to enhance the creativity of the child while learning world history in a fun way; Winged Wonder Reading (for children aged 3-12) is an enrichment program that promotes love for reading while instilling excellent study habits necessary in attaining academic competitiveness; andWinged Wonder Arts and Crafts program which parents have found to be “sophisticated” and “out-of-the-box,” and students are ecstatic about. The kids collect and proudly display their finished projects in their rooms. The Winged Wonder Learning Center also hosts a one-on-one SPED intervention program that intends to meet the needs of children by evaluating their abilities and working on skills that may not be present at the start. Upon enrolment, students are assessed in order to determine the number of sessions necessary to achieve the priority skills. Parent-Teacher conferences are conducted every three months to formally communicate any progress that the students have made.
Fully Equipped to deal with SPED
Exceptionalities they cater to are Autism (from severe to high functioning), Cerebral Palsy, Downs Syndrome, Learning Disability, ADD/ADHD, ODD/CD, global delay and other related disorders. Their faculty and staff are composed of SPED teachers, a psychologist, a physical therapist, an occupational therapist, and paraprofessionals who have worked closely with children with special needs. Aside from their regular staff, an Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) therapist augments their services.
Managing directress, Josephine Yuvienco-Ambalada, advises parents to seek “a holistic approach in a SPED program as it must not only teach certain skills, but also focus on how these learned skills will be used by the child in a functional way.” The center adheres to this by constantly monitoring the development of their students both at home and in class. Since their tutorial services are normally done after school, they strive to integrate skills taught in their school to the center’s own curriculum. This leads to the continuous development of innovative programs and of existing services.
A Family’s Capacity to Love
When asked for a message to parents with children with special needs, she states that she “honestly believes that a special child is given to a home based on their capacity to love. This journey, though at times painful, molds our character, and makes us more loving and enduring individuals. For the parents, I would encourage you to keep up the fight. Equip your child with the necessary skills that he would use for a lifetime. We will not always be around for them, but what we have imparted to them will never be lost.”
For more information about the center go to www.wingedwonder.org .