Ignatius’ interest in special needs children, teens and adults started even before he decided to study for his Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies at the Ateneo de Manila University in 1996. He has worked with in special needs homes as well as with street children and the homeless, both locally and overseas.
An emphatic and caring psychologist, Ignatius derives great satisfaction from his work as an educator as well. He has taught children and adults with special needs at several NGOs and in a local private hospital in Malaysia. He was also a lecturer for Degree and Diploma in Special Education and Psychology at several local colleges and university.
A well sought after speaker, Ignatius has participated in numerous conferences and training programmes focused on children, adolescents and adults with special needs.
His extensive experience includes providing psychological assessment, individual and family therapy, psycho-educational programmes (early intervention, prevocational and vocational training, including job coaching) for persons with special needs. He also took part in several Outreach Programmes for Orang Asli organised by Jabatan Pendidikan Khas, KPM.
In his efforts to share more for parents understanding on children and adolescents with special needs, Ignatius has published several articles. He has also attended numerous seminars and workshops in order to enhance his understanding and knowledge on this chosen speciality.