The Shapingpro Child Therapy Center marked their 4th year anniversary with a meaningful celebration with the Ma-a Central Elementary School SPED Center on August 8, 2014.
Mr. Cayetano D. Polancos Jr., proprietor of the center conducted a free seminar attended by more than 50 participants including teachers and parents of children with disabilities.
Alongside the event, a feeding program was provided to 62 children with Autism, Down Syndrome, Visual Impairment, Intellectual Disability, Hearing Impairment who are enrolled in this school.
“The children are very happy that they receive loot bags with food in it aside from the arrozcaldo which was prepared and cooked by their teachers and interns.”, said Miss Honeylou Wabina, program coordinator of the center.
During the discussion, parents expressed their concerns and problems related to rearing and handling children with special needs. “Children with special needs have lags in their milestones, some even have multiple conditions, therefore I urge everyone to set aside traditional beliefs and practices and engage you child in meaningful and purposeful activities at home – a must for your child’s advancement,” said Mr. Polancos during the forum.
“All of these things have been made possible because of the generous donation of my friend, Julius Olegario, a Physical Therapist who is based in Abu Dhabi, his brother Jasper, my staff, my wife Azenith, the kind teachers of this school and the parents and their children who have welcomed even in short notice. We thank you all”, he added.
Mrs. Jean Pavon, SPED Coordinator of the school thanked the parents, children and the staff of the center for their valuable contribution in providing the activity which helped them in their practice.
The participants also received free snacks and certificates. The center also donated seeds for the school’s program as well as beads and puzzles to augment their classroom materials.
“The Shapingpro Child Therapy Center remains to be steadfast to continue its commitment of delivering appropriate and affordable therapy services to the people of Davao City. To those who cannot come because of distance and financial constraints, we are the ones who come, like this kind of event were we engage parents to open up and share their difficulties, problems, hardships and ask for advice on what to do with their child. We shall continue our SPEDition to every school who have special needs children,” Mr. Polancos concluded.
Article by: Jose Balandra
August 10, 2014