The Intervention Center for Autism and Related Exceptionalities (iCARE) recently launched the first therapy center for special children in Cagayan de Oro City using the scientific procedures of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) method as the foundation of intervention.

The ABA method of therapy uses operant and classical conditioning that modifies human behaviors, especially as part of a learning or treatment process. Today, ABA is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of developmental pediatrician and practitioners in the United States, Europe, Middle East and Asia. In the Philippines, it has been practiced in a number of therapy centers in Manila, Cebu, and Davao.

“Early detection with the right intervention is the key for children with special needs in achieving their full potentials”, this is the philosophy adhered to by our center, said Renato Tangonan, the program director of Icare. Tangonan, who is an ABA specialist for over a decade now, acquired his ABA training from the Florida Institute of Technology saw the need for ABA to be introduced in the City. In the recent time, ABA has spread in the country, but it is the first here in CDO. We envision to introduce ABA not only here in the city but also in the Region as well, he added.

iCARE caters to children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Pervasive Developmental Orders (PDO), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders (ADHD), Down Syndrome, Learning Disabilities and other related conditions. They are composed of a team of highly qualified teachers and staff committed to working with each other to ensure the optimal social, emotional and educational results with an individually designed program fit for each child with a 1:1 child-therapist ratio. They also offer group therapy, home therapy, shadow teaching, as well as parents support services.

iCARE is presently located at Block 4, Lot 5, Xavier Heights Subdivision, Cagayan de Oro City. But they are transferring soon at their new address at 11th 30th Nazareth, Cagayan de Oro City. For more information, you can visit their facebook page at https:www.facebook.com/pages/Intervention-Center-for-Autism-and-Related-Exceptionalities or you may call them at 850-2684 or 0932 853 2607.

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