Issue of March 11, 2018

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Center to give free evaluation to children with special needs
by Jane B. Cadalig

The Play and Say Therapy Center, a school that helps children with difficulties and disabilities, will be reaching out to children with special needs on March 25 at the Citylight Hotel function hall.

The Therafree, Libreng therapy para sa masa project aims to provide free assessment and homecare programs for children with special needs who cannot afford to avail such services.

Justine Ang, administrator of Play and Say Therapy Center, said the project also targets those in far-flung areas who do not have ready access to services for kids with special needs.

Among the target beneficiaries are children and adolescents (up to 16 years) with special needs, such as those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, AD/HD or ADD, Down’s Syndrome, cerebral palsy, hearing impairment, visual impairment, communication disorder, speech and language delay, learning disability, intellectual disability, articulation problems, and language disorders.

Ang also called on parents and families who suspect that their children may have gross motor skill delays, fine motor skill delays, behavior problems, speech and language delays, difficulties in school or academic work due to an underlying disorder, but are yet undiagnosed, to bring their children for assessment. 

Volunteers at the Play and Say Therapy Center will conduct free assessments for occupational and behavioral therapy, speech and language therapy, physical therapy, special education, and developmental and behavioral pediatrics.

Ang said free home care programs would also be given to those who were assessed in the said specialties or services.

She said this is the third year that the Therafree project is held. “This year, we have added services for a holistic healing process.”

There will also be yoga sessions for special needs kids to be conducted by Yoga with Maria Guadalyn and pranic healing or energy healing with volunteers from the Northern Luzon Pranic Healing Training Center.

“By adding these services to our annual Therafree, we hope to provide the best possible range of services for the members in our community who need these types of intervention,” she said.

“We are expecting 16 to 20 volunteer therapists, both Baguio-based and from other regions, including Baguio-based developmental pediatrician, Dr. Millicent Mae de Vera, to volunteer their time and efforts towards our cause,” she added.

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