The 4th Annual Special Education Network in Asia (SENIA) Manila Conference was a success! Hosted by Brent International School Manila last April 25, 2015, the 4th Annual SENIA Manila Conference offered 2 plenary sessions and 9 workshops for over 120 participants. Plenary sessions involved topics such as “The Impact of Anxiety on Student’s Learning and Behavior” presented by Dr. Ann Helmus and “Social Cognition: The iLAUGH Model” presented by Jenny de Guzman and Lea Infante.
Workshops presenters from various friends of SENIA schools made the conference rich with learning opportunities. There were sessions on co-teaching, IB accommodations, executive functioning, five love languages, mindfulness, restorative discipline and management strategies.
The conference closed with a touching session led by the SENIA Youth members. Through an experiential activity, the SENIA Youth allowed participants to experience what it is like to have learning challenges.
The SENIA Board would like to thank Ms. Priscilla Leighton and Ms. Patti Valley of Brent International School Manila for organizing this year’s conference. Heartfelt thanks also goes out to the speakers who shared their expertise at no cost. Specifically, we thank Dr. Ann Helmus, Jenny De Guzman, Shelly Maldonado, Stella Alcantara, Melissa Mendoza, Ericson Perez, Derek Pierce, Marisol Maranan, Lea Infante, Hanna Naing, Karl Mejia, Rizzy Javier, Leanne Martinez, Catherine Deen and Priscilla Leighton.
Relive SENIA 2015 through these wonderful photos taken during the sessions.
Four students from Brent International School received special citations during the awarding ceremony for the “SENIA Student Award 2013”.
Congratulations! We are proud of you.
De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde has another reason to celebrate as Ms. Andrea Ysabel Garcia Zubiri, an AB Photography freshman, bested nominees from all over Asia to win the inaugural SENIA Student Award.
The SENIA Student Award honors a student with a disability who excels. It specially celebrates the achievements of a student who is able to raise awareness and inspire others on behalf of exceptional children in Asia.
During the awarding ceremony, Andrea was cited for her excellent academic achievement, well-rounded school involvement, and advocacy-driven projects. The SENIA Student Award committee noted Andrea’s essays and presentations on “Theories of Learning” where she explains the different ways people learn.
Andrea Zubiri with her proud parents
The awarding ceremony was held during the SENIA 10 conference held at the Grand Four Wings Hotel in Bangkok, Thailand on February 17, 2012. As an awardee, Andrea was given a chance to address more than 200 conference attendees from all over Asia. During her address, Andrea shared her dream for more schools to support students with learning disabilities. She hopes that students like her may be better understood and supported in order for them to succeed. This quote from her acceptance speech makes her sentiments known: “Why limit the questions of a student, when curiosity leads to understanding?” Andrea also shared the gospel song “Still” by Hillsong and expressed that: “It is a song I find comfort in when days get difficult and I feel alone”. Andrea is an example that living with a learning disability may be difficult but it is not a hindrance to success.
Andrea Zubiri with representatives from De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde. (Photo credit: Terry Shuster)
Andrea graduated from Brent International School Manila before she entered De La Salle-College of Saint Benilde.