The Shapingpro Child Therapy Center spearheaded a Lay Forum on Children Disability Prevention participated by parents and teachers at Malagos Elementary School SPED Center on July 18, 2014 at Malagos, Baguio District, Davao City.
Mr. Cayetano Polancos Jr., a Physical Therapist and Special Education Practitioner accompanied by his wife Mrs. Azenith Polancos, also a Physical Therapist, Miss Honeylou Wabina and Miss Cristelle Miky Tinanac were welcomed by the school’s principal Dr. Charito Cortez who told the group of the many challenges that the school’s SPED Teachers were facing amid the many behaviors and academic difficulties that the pupils manifest.
Mr. Polancos, a 13-year veteran in handling children exceptionalities answered the questions during the forum. Some questions that parents asked were the aggressive behaviors at home, picky eater, sleep problems, grabbing, interruptions at work, grabbing, temper tantrums, among others. He instilled the responsibility and authority of parents to be taken seriously with firmness and consistency.
After the forum, the group donated mats, puzzles, toys, self-help and fine motor materials. The school is a newly established SPED Center and the materials can be used to improve and augment delivery of services especially that the school has a growing number of pupils with exceptional needs particularly Autism, Intellectual Disability, ADHD, Global Delay, among others.
This school and community program is intended as part of the center’s celebration of the National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation Week. Mr. Polancos hails from Baguio District where he grew up. “Back to my roots, children from this district deserves quality and optimal services the way children received services from downtown area. The intervention and awareness should cross boundaries and distances. It should traverse where it is much needed.”