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Taguig holds seminar on managing children with disabilities 

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Improving the way they care for children with disabilities is one of Mayor Lani Cayetano's goals in the City of Taguig. In line with this, the city held a two-day seminar at the Lakeshore Activity Center from March 1 to March 2, 2023, for City Health workers, which aimed to provide an innovative approach to understanding and managing children with disabilities.

The seminar was organized by the Persons with Disabilities Affairs Office (PDAO) as part of the celebration of National Down Syndrome Awareness Month.

The first day of the seminar focused on the Three S: Situation, Support, and Self-Care, disability perspectives, and a review of the physical characteristics and personalities associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism. On the second day, the topic was about Understanding Speech and Language Development of 0-4 Year Old Children, as well as tips on how to facilitate language at such young ages.


A demonstration of using toys as one of the strategies to facilitate language also took place.

Parents of children with disabilities from District 1 & 2 barangays, more than a hundred Special Education teachers, barangay nurses, Barangay Health Workers, Barangay Persons with Disabilities Office Presidents, and City Health Office Patient Care Representatives attended the seminar. The participants learned how to analyze behaviors with real-life examples and tips for helping children with special needs.

They were also taught how to introduce the importance of time management and organizational skills to help children cope with hyperactivity. Moreover, they were given information about what speech and language development is and how to help children reach those developmental milestones.

The seminar's aim was to enhance the quality of life for children with disabilities by providing better care and support from the community. The City of Taguig is committed to continuing to hold events like this to further educate its healthcare workers and other stakeholders on how to better serve the children with disabilities and their families.

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