Head On Chats: Staying On Track

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Head On Talks goes online with Head On Chats and explores important discussions to navigate our time as a society dealing with community quarantine and a public health emergency. Aside from physical sustenance, shelter, and hygiene, we are also coping with managing our mental wellbeing, sense of safety, and emotional hygiene. The Head On Talks Series started in 2018 promoting a culture of understanding, acceptance, and responsibility for mental health.

Now is a great opportunity for us to discuss things #HeadOn with our Weekly Head-On Chats. In this week’s edition, we tackle the importance and urgency of addressing the intervention needs of learners with special needs in the midst of physical distancing and community quarantine. 

MAGIS Clinical coordinators, Enzo Bueza (Speech Therapist) and Gelai Castillo (Occupational Therapist), will shed light on commonly asked questions about teletherapy in their fields within neurodevelopmental therapy. They will be sharing tips and giving guidance to families who are considering or currently transitioning to the arrangements of teletherapy due to quarantine. We’ll also be talking about how to develop and maintain a good learning-from-home experience for both the caregivers and the children.

Event details

Thursday, May 14, 2020

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

The talk will be held in a secure Zoom meeting session.

Registration Fee

Free – registration required


About the speakers

Enzo Bueza, CSP-PASP is a board-certified Speech and Language Pathologist who completed his degree in the University of the Philippines – Manila. He is currently practicing in the pediatric setting. Enzo is a PROMPT-trained (Prompts for Restructuring Oral Muscular Phonetic Targets) therapist, a subspecialization that uses tactile-kinsethetic approach to speech therapy. He is also affiliated with the REACH Foundation where he trains paraprofessionals in handling children with special needs. Enzo is one of the interdisciplinary clinical coordinators at MAGIS, and part of a team designing client-centered programs that promote inclusivity and community empowerment in neurodevelopmental interventions for children.

Gelai Castillo, OTRP, is a licensed occupational therapist and Clinical Coordinator for Occupational Therapy at MAGIS. She obtained her degree in the University of Santo Tomas. Her practice is focused on the pediatric early intervention setting, seeing clients in one-on-one and group therapy sessions. Gelai offers various learning workshops on topics such as occupational therapy in the home, sensory processing and integration, and developmental delays. She is also a certified pediatric massage therapy practitioner as trained by Tina Allen, the founder of The Liddle Kidz Foundation and obtained her certification on Developmental Play from CreateCatt as trained by its founder, Caroline Essame.

The Head On series of events is about creating community around mental health and psychoeducation. Aside from events like this, we also have the Head On Groups, which offer support and the accountability of a community, for self-care. Get in touch if you’re interested in Head On Groups.