Que Dianne Clarisse Limlengco
With several years of teaching experience in private schools and therapy centres, Dianne involves herself in creating programs and implementing developmentally-appropriate educational tools and strategies for children ages 2-7 years old.
She is utilising her expertise in teaching early primary school–aged children by rendering home-based private tutoring services, at the same time, harnessing her professional insights as an Associate Fellow of RETA to provide academic interventions in line with other programs.
Why did you choose to work in the field of SpLD?
I would like to creatively nurture a learning environment for children with special needs to see school as a place for growth, learning, and well-being.
What is one thing that never fails to make you smile in the work that you do?
At times when I get to have a deeper understanding of the unique needs of my students and see results across their faces, I always celebrate these small victories.
What do you think is the most important quality/value/belief a person must have when working in the field of Special Education?
Perseverance. We all know that at some point we may feel burnt out, but even with the ups and downs, we will push forward with our end goal of helping the children become more engaged in learning and participating in the several aspects of their lives.
What is the one thing you would do to improve special education in your country?
I hope to be able to part in creating systematic and structured support programs, implementing developmentally-appropriate educational tools and strategies for students in the mainstream settings, and delivering interventions that are globally at par.
What motivated you to become a RETA member and how has it benefitted you?
I envision my involvement as an Associate Fellow of Registered Educational Therapist in Asia as an avenue to be able to gain, as well as contribute professional insights in order to build and improve on academic interventions in line with other programs, in collaboration with other colleagues.
What advice would you give someone who has special educational needs or lives/works with people with special educational needs?
Always have the best interest of children with special needs in mind. Although there is so much work that needs to be done, by and large though, empathy is an asset. As a special education teacher, I firmly believe that the purpose of education is to prepare our students for life.