Trails Center for Children opened its doors in 2003 and after 15 years of service, what a journey it has been. Countless therapy services have been provided since then and we are continuously adapting to the needs of our clients. We believe that through collaboration with parents, doctors, teachers and other professionals involved in the overall development of children, progress is achieved. We advocate for interprofessional education and management because of the dynamic needs of our children. Truly, we work Better Together.
Trails is a therapy center specializing in individualized pediatric services such as Speech-Language therapy, Occupational therapy as well as Reading Intervention and Special Education (SPED). We also offer small-group classes such as Social Thinking, Executive Functions, School Readiness and Toddlers Playdate. Our family is composed of therapists who are all licensed/certified professionals and are graduates of top universities. We are proud of our support personnel from our Front Desk Officers to our Maintenance Staff. Together, we give a unique brand of love that has touched the lives of parents and children we have served over the years.
Trails has been voted for three consecutive years as the Best Affiliation Center by UST Speech Pathology Interns. We serve as one of the training centers for interns from UP Manila, UST, Cebu Doctors’ University and De La Salle Health Sciences Institute. It is our calling to teach and to share whatever knowledge and experience we have to help produce quality therapists.
It is our vision to create a child-friendly environment where children are guided to achieve their fullest potential.
Trails has come a long way since it was established in 2003 from the living room of its founders. Currently, Trails has three branches: the first one in San Pedro, Laguna, another in Dasmariñas, Cavite and its newest branch in Sampaloc, Manila. More branches will be opened in the coming years as we carry out our mission of serving more families with children needing intervention.
- DO IT WITH LOVE. We are passionate in everything that we do. No matter how small or big the task is, we pour love into it. This is the only way we know how because love is our identity.
- BETTER TOGETHER. One is too small to achieve greatness. We believe that through collaboration with parents, teachers and other professionals, much progress is achieved.
- ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE. We greet each day with gratitude in our hearts. We are grateful for the things that happened to us, the highs and the lows, the gains and the pains. With this outlook, we expect overflowing of blessings.
- WITH HUMILITY COMES WISDOM. We are students. We will keep on learning so we can give more. We are servants. Serving others makes us experience the fullness of life. We are seekers. We are desperate for God to fill us with His love.
- that every child is unique. They differ in physical, social, emotional, intellectual characteristics as well as their learning styles, interests and pace of maturation.
- that children learn by doing. All children have an innate potential for growth that develops through active interaction with the environment.
- in the value of process-oriented learning. Especially during the early childhood phase of life, the process of learning is more important than the product.
- in the value of play. Play is an effective means whereby children’s basic potentials may be developed.
- that children with special needs are children first. They can develop their fullest potential in an environment that is accepting of differences and where adults strive to meet each child’s individual needs.
Teacher Weng is the immediate past president of the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists (PASP). She is an advocate of children with special needs, wife to Ern, a mother to Christian Andrew and a child of God.
Born in Albay, on the 11th of August, Teacher Weng is the third daughter of Nelson and Eloisa Arao. She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines, Manila (UPM) with a degree in Speech Pathology and finished her Masters degree in Reading Education in UP Diliman. She presented her research paper on “Language and Reading Skills of Filipino Children with Dyslexia” at the Pan Asian Learning Disability Conference in 2007.
Her thesis in college is now the foundation of the proposed Speech Language Pathology Bill, which is an act regulating the practice of Speech Language Pathology in the Philippines.
She is very passionate about sharing her knowledge and experience in child development through her blog, TeacherWeng.com.
April 2018 marks her 25th year as a practicing Speech-Language Pathologist. Teacher Weng has handled children with speech and language disorders secondary to autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, intellectual and learning disorders, apraxia, and other developmental disabilities. She also provides reading intervention sessions on individualized and small-group settings.
Her passion includes mentoring young teachers and therapists, traveling and playing with her son Christian Andrew.
Sir Ern has been in the corporate world for more than 20 years, working at several positions and roles. A Certified Public Accountant and an IT Professional, he is in charge of establishing processes and systems that make Trails run smoothly.
At Trails, our speech-language pathologists assess, diagnose and treat speech, language, social and cognitive communication as well as swallowing problems in children. The programs are individualized. We also provide dyad sessions and small groups to target specific communication skills.
We see children who exhibit:
- Speech delay
- Articulation problems
- Concerns in following instructions and understanding questions
- Difficulties in engaging in conversations
- Problems in swallowing
Our OTs assess, create a program and address children’s problems in behavior, sensory processing, movement, handwriting and others that affect their play and school activities. The programs are individualized. To manage their concerns, they can be seen in one-on-one, dyad or small-group sessions.
We see children who exhibit:
- Delays in developmental milestones
- Hypo or hyperactivity
- Difficulties coping in school
- Limited play skills and inability to make friends
- Excessive tantrums or aggressive behaviors
- Significant inattentiveness
At Trails, reading sessions involve engaging activities to improve children’s decoding and reading comprehension skills. The reading programs range from beginning reading to reading across the curriculum. The programs may be individualized or implemented in small groups. Reading tasks and activities are formulated and adjusted according to the learners’ needs and skills.
We see children who exhibit:
- Difficulties in identifying letter names and sounds
- Concerns in reading words and sentences
- Difficulties in following written instructions
- Difficulties in answering comprehension questions after reading a text
At Trails, special educators assess child’s academic skills and develop intervention programs based on his academic strengths and difficulties as well as his parents’ goal. We provide individual management based on a comprehensive assessment. Specific supportive teaching and simplified learning strategies are given so that topics/lessons would be easily understood. We give the child strategies on how to answer his homework by processing him on how to answer instead of just giving the answer. Materials used are developmentally appropriate to facilitate learning. We also provide children some pre-voc activities such as food preparation.
We see children who exhibit:
- Difficulties in decoding and reading comprehension
- Dyscalculia or difficulties in understanding and retaining rules, formula, order of calculations, and basic addition, subtraction, multiplication and division facts
- Learning difficulties or difficulties in reading, writing, spelling and comprehension; limited vocabulary and communication skills; and difficulties applying skills to different situations
- ADHD/ADD. These children are easily distracted, forgetful, disorganized and exhibit poor attention to details.
- ASD. These children may have good memory and retention of facts but exhibit difficulties in understanding abstract concepts; they may exhibit good blending and decoding of words but exhibit difficulties in comprehension.
Social Thinking Classes
Social Thinking Class I is a weekly 2-hour session primarily designed for pre-school to early elementary children (4-7 years old). Activities are adapted from the We Thinkers Vol. 1 (formerly Incredible Flexible You) program by Michelle Garcia Winner. It utilizes stories, music, structured activities and dramatic play to teach social learning. In addition, the class also addresses work behaviors in a group setting such as compliance, independence, and self-regulation as well as conversing and relating with peers.
Social Skills Classes
Social Summer Camp targets to engage children, ages 6-7, to interact and explore hands-on tasks that would facilitate self-expression and relation with peers. This class will also target various concepts and skills necessary for working together, socialization and interaction. Arts and crafts, fun-filled games, self- care activities await these amazing kids.
This class provides opportunities for children aged 2 to 4 years old to engage in play with their same-aged peers. Different play activities provided will facilitate appropriate play skills and interaction, such as sharing and working together.
In an exclusive interview by Murphy Report in 2016, immediate past President of the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists (PASP), our Program Director Teacher Weng, explained what a Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP) does, the clients who can avail of SLP services…
We’ve finally opened our third branch in Sampaloc, Manila. The center is very accessible to all commuters as it is just across UST. We are on the 2nd floor of Grand Residences España 2 Bldg., that very tall building along…
Trails has been recognized as the Best Affiliation Center by SLP Interns’ of the UST Center for Rehabilitation Sciences (CRS) – Speech-Language Pathology Department. The award was given in June 2017 during the graduation rites of UST CRS. This makes…
I remembered saying yes to a survey asking if the interns were willing to have a two-month rotation in Laguna. It was one of the best decisions I have ever done. Even during internship, Trails taught us that creating a bond is better than earning, loving what you do makes your work love you back. Trails has shown me that colleagues can be friends and that friendship can be taken higher to being a family. As my 2-month rotation ended, I promised that I’d be back at Trails. And indeed, I was blessed to be given the chance to be a part of this embracing family 12 months after.
Trails family accepted me despite of my lack of experience, walked with me through my first pedia therapy sessions, gave a pat on my back after my first session with a very cranky and crying child, showed a thumbs up when my kid experienced his first independent walking, let me go when I wanted to try a new field of work and then welcomed me back with no questions ask.
Trails is a place to grow, a place to make dreams turn into reality and a place to go to rest and just be you. Most of us had been with Trails through a lot of seasons in life but stayed strong and resilient. I do believe it is something that all of us have in our DNA. It might be there from the beginning thus we were drawn here or it maybe an acquired trait due to proximity with people with the same values. Whatever it may be, Trails is what it is because our head (family) or should I say roots (tree), are a couple who also stayed strong through trials and triumphs in life.
Lectures and learnings from the different clinical supervisors were the biggest treasures I got from TRAILS. I found it true that the most toxic rotation would most likely be the most favorite one and the most cherished.
As of today, TRAILS is my gold standard for pediatric OT intervention and management. It was beyond my expectations. It gave me remarkable experiences that I wished every OT intern would experience. Words will never be enough to thank TRAILS and the people behind its success. I may not be able to thank each of the clinical supervisors, staff and patients but with every achievement I will have in life, they will always be a big part of it.
Cozy and homey, where everyone gets to be who they want to be: kids, parents, and teachers. Trails’ environment also nurtures friendship among us, there are no ‘seniors’ or ‘juniors’ only colleagues, roomies and buddies. I’ve started and grown with Trails, I may have to leave one day, but my heart, soul and gratitude will always be with it.