Tender loving care

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By Alah Soledad Sungduan

Stand Up for Life

Thursday, December 27, 2012


EVEN at home parents will now be able to properly care and handle the therapeutic needs of their children with disabilities without paying costly charges per session.

This is through the help of the Autism Society Philippines (ASP) Baguio Chapter with the University of the Philippines Manila College of Allied Medical Professions (UP CAMP) that joined forces for the conduct of a two-day free therapy for children, teens, and adults with autism, ADD, ADHD, cerebral palsy, downe syndrome, learning disability and the like including an individualized home programs training on how parents and family members should handle these problems.

ASP Baguio Chapter President Jenny Gundran said UP CAMP Manila was the one that introduced the home programs giving guides on how to help children function with their daily lives even to the simple things.

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“Caring for our kids does not end in therapy clinics. There should be follow-up at home. In caring for our kids there should be involvement of the whole family,” Gundran said.

Parents’ trainings on these home programs are also essential nowadays especially that there is also a problem on the limited number of occupational, physical, and speech therapists in the locality according to SPED teacher Jennifer C. Chan.

The home programs follow a holistic approach focusing on physical development, speech therapy, and occupational therapy for behavior problem and motor skills which include writing skills and how to hold things.

The costs for therapy per session usually range from P450.00 and above. It is very expensive especially for parents who cannot even meet their daily needs in life.

ASP Baguio Chapter Vice President Bellete Vizcocho said those are known situations that prompted their group to hold the 5th “Libreng Therapy Para Sa Pilipino” and trainings on home programs which was held on December 21 and 22 at Home Sweet Home along Gov. Pack Road.

“We understand the difficulties parents of PWD’s go through not knowing what to do in the absence of a regular therapy. Thera-free is one way of helping parents deal with problems in raising their kids especially that therapy is very costly an unaffordable,” Vizcocho added.

The yearly activity according to ASP Baguio Chapter founder and past president Noli Vizcocho is very relevant as it serves as an eye opener to parents.

“Parents who haven’t tried therapy for their kids now have a home program to use and will continue the program at home even without going to therapists,” Vizcocho said.

“Libreng Therapy Para Sa Pilipino” is the organizers way of celebrating Christmas in a more meaningful way. With the two-day activity serving the people from CAR and Region I around 180 were given free services. They are from Baguio, Benguet, Mountain Province, and towns in La Union and Pangasinan.

The Kindasan Lions Club headed by its president Sonia Daoas with new member Karren Nobres also supported the cause by giving some food for the volunteers.

ASP Baguio Chapter and UP CAMP Manila’s thera-free project is a big help especially for those parents who could not afford the very expensive cost of therapy per session for their kids. It also empowers the parents and the whole family on the very important role they have to make in raising kids with disabilities giving them the tender loving care that they needed most.

May there be more time for volunteer therapists for this endeavor to maintain a yearly conduct of the activity serving more target beneficiaries starting next year.

Happy new year to all of you!

For comments and topic suggestions please email alahsungduan@gmail.com

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 28, 2012.

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