Parent Seminar 1.0 Held at HCDC

Success! It is a word to describe our first SPEDition just in time for the celebration of National Disability Prevention and Rehabilitation (NDPR) Week 2015.

Parents participated in the Imitation and Matching of Actions Session
Teacher Jun desceribed the 40 ways to improve your child’s behavior.

_DSC0122 _DSC0123Public SPED Teachers, parents, grandparents, guardians, friends, interns and students have attended the seminar entitled MATER QUO VADIS?: A PRACTICAL PARENTING GUIDE TO RAISING AN EXCEPTIONAL CHILD held at the Conference Room of Holy Cross of Davao College on July 24, 2015.

Open Forum

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A hundred participants from different Public SPEd Schools in Davao City particularly SPED Bangkal CES, Buhangin CES- SPED Center, F. Bangoy CES-SPED Center, Kapitan Tomas Monteverde CES- SPED, Sta. Ana CES- SPED Program, SIR Elementary School, Ma-a CES-SPED Center and Bolton ES-SPED Program and our clients from Shapingpro Integrated School and Child Therapy Center have responded and benefited from this seminar which was in partnership with SPED Major interns, students and SPECS organization of HCDC.
We would like to thank the parents, grandparents, teachers and students as well as Ms. Alexandra Go, Dr. Emma Unciano and Personnel of HCDC, Public School Principals and SPED Coordinators, Staff of Shapingpro Integrated School and lastly to the children with exceptional needs to whom this seminar is dedicated.
To God Be The Glory!
Posted by: Jun Polancos

Easy Steps: Red Flags Signs of a Developmental Problem

For a period of 6 months and these signs are consistent and persistent, please consult to a Developmental Pediatrician.

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Blackboard with chalk



Room 421 Medical Arts Tower

Davao Doctors Hospital

Quirino Avenue, Davao City

Tel. No: 302-7585

Cell. No: 0933-4657369


Metro Davao Medical and Research Center

Suite 313

Bajada, Davao City

Tel. No: 287-7777 local 2313

Cell. No: 0932- 8709601


Room 215 Medical Arts Tower

Davao Doctors Hospital

Quirino Avenue, Davao City

Tel. No: 221-2101 local 689

Cell. No: 0932-5365614


Child Development Clinic, Child And Adolescent

Neurodevelopmental Center

Brokenshire Memorial Hospital

Madapo Hills, Davao City

Tel No: 305-3171 local 4242

Tel. No: 221-0808 local 215

Cell. No: 0935-1584785


Shaper’s Corner is an online consultation program to help parents, caregivers, teachers dreamstimemedium_19473030-300x300and other stakeholders in dealing with day-to-day challenges in raising an exceptional child.

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If you have attended our seminars / forums and wishes to ask more questions, then this site is for you. If you are a parent or teacher who wishes to know some answers on troubling issues surrounding the behavior and learning of an exceptional child, please feel free to visit and post your questions in our web page.

SHAPER’S CORNER is a project initiative of Shapingpro Child Therapy Center to help people who have special needs children.

Shapingpro Celebrates 4th Year Anniversary

Shapingpro Child Development Center

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.

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SAM_7628 Teacher Jun provides input on the different techniques in handling difficult behaviors of children.

SAM_7644 Teacher Jun pointed out the sensory processing problems that these children encountered which somehow influence them how they behave in their environment.

SAM_7685 A father voices out his concerns and problems about his son’s behaviors.

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.

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“The children are very happy that they receive…

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Shapingpro Speaks About Behaviors at DXAB 1296

Behavioral Disorders are very common nowadays. Teachers in public and private schools have complained about these behaviors. Parents are in dilemma on what to do.


I was fortunate that I was tapped by Ms Cheche Diabordo to be the guest of their radio program in ABS-CBN’s DXAB 1296 and speak about this topic and share to the listeners about the characteristics of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and how to handle it.

Last July 27, 2014 Sunday, I was able to interact on air through Miss Macel Dasalla, radio host, to the people who have these similar problems. The show lasted for 2 hours and it was informative. Many listeners tuned in and send their questions and comments about out topic.

For those who missed it. Here are the basic information about ADHD.

  • ADHD is a developmentally inappropriate attention and/ or hyperactivity and impulsivity so pervasive and persistent as to significantly interfere with a child’s daily life.
  • A child with ADHD has difficulty controlling his or behavior in most major settings, including home and school.
  • Behaviors begin to occur relatively early in life (before age 7 years), though they sometimes go unrecognized until later.
  • More boys than girls are diagnosed with ADHD at a ratio approximately 3:1
  • It is divided into 3 general subtypes
  1. Predominantly hyperactive/impulsive-type ADHD
  • fidgets, squirms, difficulty waiting his turn, disorganized, act immaturely, poor sense of physical boundaries, destructive behaviors and conduct problems
  1. Predominantly inattentive-type ADHD
  • distracted and “spacey” or “daydreamy”, process information slowly and may have learning   disorder, anxiety or depression
  1. Combined-type ADHD
  • exhibits many of the behaviors of the first 2 subtypes
  • The presence of ADHD may be suspected if the
  • Inattentive, impulsive, or hyperactive behavior is not age-appropriate

X    If its typical, it may change as he or she matures and grows.

  • Behavior leads to chronic problems in daily functioning

X    Mild tendency to daydream or an active temperament, which may cause occasional problems for a child  but not seriously disabling, is not considered evidence of ADHD.

  • Behavior is innate to the child and not a result of inadequate care, physical injury, disease, or other environmental influence.

X    If it is environmental cause, such as stresses at home or an inappropriate classroom placement, is more likely to be the cause of the problem for the child.

  • Many likely causes have been proposed for ADHD, but no single cause has yet been identified.

Risk factors:

  1. Genetic
  2. Variations in temperament (differences in emotional reactivity, activity  level, attention, and self-regulation)
  3. Medical causes
  4. Environmental influences (including toxins such as lead, alcohol, and nutritional deficiencies)
  • One fact of which researchers are certain is that ADHD tends to run in families.
  • No treatment for ADHD is likely to completely eliminate all symptoms of inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity and associated problems and conditions. Communication is the key in treating, monitoring, and following up on treatment of the child with ADHD.


  • Medications used in the treatment of ADHD: First Line Treatment
    • METHYLPHENIDATE: Ritalin, Methylin, Focalin (Short-Acting) 3-5 hrs

Ritalin SR, Metadate ER, Methylin ER (Intermediate Acting)   3-8 hrs

Concerta, Metadate CD, Ritalin LA  (Extended-release)   8-12 hrs

  • AMPHETAMINE: Dexedrine, Dextrostat, Adderall


Symptoms of ADHD

 From the Vanderbilt Assessment Scale

  1. Does not pay close attention to details or makes careless mistakes with, for example, homework

  2. Has difficulty keeping attention to what needs to be done

  3. Does not seem to listen when spoken to directly

  4. Does not follow through on instructions and fails to finish schoolwork, chores, or duties

  5. Has difficulty organizing tasks and activities

  6. Avoids, dislikes, or is reluctant to engage in tasks that require sustained mental effort (e.g., schoolwork or homework)

  7. Loses things necessary for tasks or activities (e.g., toys, school assignments, pencils, books, or tools)

  8. Is distracted by extraneous stimuli

  9. Is forgetful in daily activities

  10. Fidgets with hands or feet or squirms in seat

  11. Leaves seat in classroom or in other situations in which remaining seated is expected

  12. Runs about or climbs excessively in situations in which remaining seated is expected

  13. Has difficulty playing or engaging in leisure activities quietly

  14. Is “on the go” or often acts as if “driven by a motor”

  15. Talks excessively

  16. Blurts out answers before questions have been completed

  17. Has difficulty waiting in line

  18. Interrupts or intrudes on others (eg, butts into conversations/games)

Items 1-9: Predominantly Inattentive-Type ADHD

(6 or more symptoms that occur often to very often)

Items 10-18: Predominantly Hyperactive/ Impulsive- Type ADHD

(6 or more symptoms that occur often to very often)

Items 1-18: Combined-Type ADHD

(6 or more symptoms that occur often to very often)

Note: It is not used alone to make a diagnosis of ADHD


Shapingpro Engages Parents In Lay Forum

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.SAM_7511 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.SAM_7546

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.”

Article by: Jose Balandra July 21,2014  Shapers Gazette