78 children with special needs from DLSHSI’s satellite centers Dr. Jose P. Rizal Elementary School in Dasmarinas Cavite and Imus Pilot Elementary School in Imus, Cavite were screened for speech and language communication and swallowing difficulties and given individualized home programs during the College of Rehabilitation Sciences’ “Speech Therafree: Screening and Home Program for Children with Special Needs” held at De La Salle Animo Center on August 7, 2017.

Each child underwent speech and language screening in order to determine the possible home program for the child. A consultation or informational counseling was given after the screening where parents and caregivers were briefed on what they can do to facilitate speech, language, communication, and swallowing at home.

According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) in 2016, one out of 12 children ages three to 17 has a disorder related to voice, speech, language or swallowing and among them, 34% of children ages three to 10 have multiple communication or swallowing disorders.

The CRS’s Department of Speech and Language Pathology aims to provide an individualized home program for parents and caregivers of children with special needs in communication and swallowing, especially for poor communities as most of them do not have resources to see therapists.