TABUK CITY, Kalinga –- A two-day orientation on “Early Detection, Prevention and Intervention on Disability among Children” was conducted for 70 barangay service providers in the province.
Eusebia Haddac, program coordinator for the Persons with Disability of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office, said the activity intends to provide salient information to the participants composed of day care workers and Barangay Health Workers about early detection, prevention and intervention of disabilities among children.
Through a series of lectures, participants were familiarized with comprehensive programs and services for PWDs provided by the government, including educational interventions of an education specialist or Special Education teachers, newborn screening and physical therapy. They also learned how a diagnosis is done by a developmental pediatrician or a doctor.
Topics included lectures on types of disabilities and interventions; importance of newborn screening; domestic disability laws; comprehensive program services; educational interventions for children with disabilities; clinical therapy; and roles and functions of BHWs and DCWs.
“At the end of the orientation they were tasked to identify children with disabilities and have them undergo assessment by a developmental pediatrician and will be responsible in advocating the different types of disabilities and its preventive measures to protect children from disabilities in their areas of assignment,” she said.
The activity was a joint program of the Kalinga PSWDO and Provincial Health Office. (Geraldine G. Dumallig)