Occupational therapy (OT) helps people who struggle to do everyday tasks because of poor motor skills. OT’s treatment focuses on helping people with a physical, sensory, or cognitive disability be as independent as possible in all areas of their lives. For kids, that includes tasks that are part of learning and functioning well at school. OT works on the skills kids need to do the things they struggle with, from zipping their coat to writing and typing. Helping the kids to improve...



1. Differentiate your instruction

The children had to touch and guess what the object was used for in the past.  It was a tapered 18th-century candle mold. Then we watched a video on the 18th-century candle making the process.  Only after this time did we read a primary source written article. There are many ways to differentiate and this was one example. The key is to always differentiate your lesson.


Andrea Anista was born 5 months after the martial law was declared in the Philippines.

She has a Master’s credits major in Special Education from De La Salle University and Master’s credits major in Educational Psychology as well as a Teaching diploma for the University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines.

She was granted two teaching certificate from Arizona Cross Categorical Teaching Certification K-12 for Special Education and Maryland Teaching Certificate K-6 when she had the opportunity to teach in Baltimore City, Maryland and Bullhead City, Arizona, USA and opted to come back in the Philippines to share her acquired knowledge, methodologies, pedagogic skills, and experiences...


A parent of a child with a disability can be a challenging experience.  It is normal for you to be frustrated and confused at times, added to that you’re your conversations with your child’s teacher can sometimes complicate things.  An open communication and being respectful to each other can reduce the tension and each one can share their own expertise and knowledge about the child.  By working together during formal and informal evaluation, parents, and teachers can easily best address the child’s educational needs.

  Share observations.

Identify your child’s successes and struggles in school. Discuss meltdowns, triggers, concerns...



The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) stipulates that school children be educated in the Least Restrictive Environment. This means that, to the extent possible, they will be educated with their non-disabled peers, and school systems will provide additional supports and modifications to make this happen.
IDEA says two things about LRE that are important to understand when working with...



Is being FAIR and EQUAL the same? There is actually a misunderstanding between fair and equal. An example of these would be, no one would go to a doctor who gives the same medicine to patients with a headache since the cause for one may be allergies and the other migraine in the other. Giving identical treatment for two students who do not do homework for different reasons — one has to help the family business after school,...


August 2018

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year at Chinese International School Manila.  I hope that you and your child had a fantastic summer break.

My name is Ms. Andrea Anista and I will be the C.A.R.E. teacher and Case Manager for your child this year.  I have been teaching for almost 20 years at different international schools in the Philippines and abroad. I hold teaching certificates from Arizona Cross Categorical Teaching Certification K-12 for Special Education and Maryland Teaching Certificate K-12 for Special Education and General Education.

The C.A.R.E program creates a safe learning environment that fosters student engagement and...


social skills

1. Practice making eye contact.

Encourage your child to look at your eyes when you talk. Make sure your eyes are on her when she speaks to you, too.  Ask her what your expressions mean. If she doesn’t know, explain the message you were sending.

2. Encourage attention.

Give your child your full attention when you’re talking to her. By doing so, you’re setting a great example. If you notice your child spacing off when you’re...


self reliance

1  Encourage children to do for themselves. Offer support and guidance to children as they solve problems, yet allow them the freedom to make choices and learn from their mistakes.

2. Begin with small tasks. Divide big tasks into smaller ones. As children complete small tasks successfully, move on to larger works. Compliment children when they complete challenging tasks.

3. Plan “free-play” periods...