Indoor play area – where kids will romp and laugh

Pangga ta Ikaw is excited  to share with you all  that we are in the process of building an indoor play area for the special kids at the Romblon East Central School in Romblon, Philippines.

Enhancement of  motor and social skills

Aside from nurturing the mental development of special kids in the Special Education ( SPED) program it is also important that they develop wholly as individuals, such that their mentors and caregivers need to consider their psychological needs as well as advancing their social and motor skills.

Most of the kids who start school are either shy or just not used to being with other kids, thus they are anti-social or not able to interact well with other kids or even the teachers.

Of course interaction with others is also limited due to poor communication skills. They cannot develop strong friendships with other kids in the neighborhood because they cannot express themselves well.

Growing up, their parents must have focused more on their developmental milestones, like teaching them how to walk on their own or encouraging them to learn to talk, or assisting in their eating skills, but developing social skills might have been put in the background.

Do kids with special needs know how to play?

When we see children with special needs, we might even ask ourselves. Are they able to play with other kids? Are they able to follow instructions on how to go about a certain play?

Of course, just like normal kids, they know how to enjoy ; they even giggle and laugh at the simplest things like blowing bubbles or doing peek-a-boo or catching a butterfly.

Free play would let them become adventurous and creative, as well as develop their motor skills like walking, balancing and running.

I’m happy that the SPED teachers at the Romblon East Central School ( where our project is ) are so passionate in teaching their wards on how to write their names and read the ABCs and they thought of their holistic development by planning to provide them with a mini-therapy area exclusively for them.

Planning for the project

Before we started, we only had a very small amount of money from some small fundraisings for our transportation project like selling pantry products and holding small parties at home for families and friends.

This plan of putting up a mini-therapy area for our kids with special needs is a project which is something big, quite scary at first because we didn’t have enough money , so when the teachers presented their need to me, I brainstormed right away on how to raise funds.

After building the area, we plan to put up  play therapy equipments, like

A mini-trampoline that will enhance the kids’ motor skills and develop confidence and coordination.

and structures like

Sandboxes, where kids can become creative and gross and fine motor skills will be developed, as well as tactile ability, and eye-hand coordination.

and

The sensory path that will develop gross motor skills, balance and body coordination .

thus, we look forward to hours of laughter and giggles for the kids.  Aside from enjoyment, they will also enhance their exercise capabilities and improve their social skills as they learn to play with other kids.

Setting up the Go fund me page and starting the project

Check out our fundraising page-go fund me

We started with a $2000.00 goal in October 2017 and thanks to some generous donors we were able to start the project two months after.

Pangga ta Ikaw is proud to say that we have started to construct an indoor play area at the back of their resource room in December 2017.

Hauling the materials to the site
Preparation of the flooring soon began.

 

 

The stairs were built to enhance the kids’ motor abilities, balance and coordination.

 

Counting while going up and down the stairs will add to their basic math skills.

 

The future sensory area is in place.

Since  the flooring  is done,  building the  roof is next in line and more money will be involved here.

So we raised our goal to $ 5000.00.

We are just close  to the $2000.00 goal this time but I believe that we will reach our ultimate target.

Please visit the Go fund me page and consider helping. We would greatly appreciate your support.

We are slowly getting close to our dream

From a vacant lot

The SPED teachers envisioned an indoor play area for the special kids in this vacant space

to something concrete to stand on, we hope to continue and finish the project .

It was a very fulfilling visit to my hometown and to our ongoing project.

Who knows, it could take a few months to a few years.

But definitely, we will finish what we have started.

And we need your help!

We did a local fundraising in Romblon

My family went to spend the holidays in Romblon, Philippines  in December 2017. Before going, I already planned for something that the community can participate in with the objective of creating awareness of the mini-therapy area project and inspiring the parents and the whole community to support.

The BINGO SOCIAL  done on January 12, 2018  was a great success ! There were screams of joy and laughter as the games progressed. There was outpouring of support from the whole community as well.

We witnessed the willingness to help of a lot of people and we learned that if everyone chips in , something big can be achieved.

Parents, teachers and donors had a great time hoping not only to win but to give support as well.
Games with numbers and stones was a hit to help build the mini-therapy area.

 

In this event, we even enjoyed the participation of the special kids in the program presented before the games and it was a joy seeing them showcase their talents in singing and dancing.

The special kids sang and danced before the games even began to the delight of everyone.

What’s next?

Now that the flooring is done, with some structures underway, such as the staircase and the sensory path, we will continue with the roof in the next few months.

As of today, we don’t have enough money to finish, but we believe that there are a lot of generous donors out there.

We will definitely continue what we have started to offer our special kids an area where they can be free to romp and laugh. And thus, they will develop confidence to walk and run and chase their dreams.

Help us make this vision a reality.

Kindly share your blessings to our special kids in Romblon, Philippines.

Visit our Go fund me donation page  and consider helping. We and the special kids would  be forever grateful for your support.

 

Do you agree that special kids need an indoor play area to develop their motor and social skills?  We would love  to hear your comments and suggestions, please post below.

 

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About US

THE BEGINNINGS

Welcome to my site, Pangga ta Ikaw, dedicated to help kids with special needs to develop their fullest potential.

We started this endeavor in 2015 to commemorate the first death anniversary of Roxannie, fondly called ” Pangga ” by family and friends.

Pangga is my sister with Down syndrome who died at the age of 46.

Pangga in local dialect means LOVE, and Pangga ta ikaw means ” I love you, ” which I thought is a  very  appropriate  name for our group.

 

Children with special needs are angels in our midst and need our love and support.
The launching of “Pangga ta Ikaw “…….0n a beautiful sunny Sunday, 10 families gathered together to make the passing away of a loved one more meaningful. They shared food, stories, and their generous hearts to support special kids. — at Crescentview Park Winnipeg, Manitoba on June 28, 2015.

 

OUR FAMILY IS SPECIAL

My name is Marita, a practicing Pediatrician in the Philippines before I moved to Canada in 2008. I now work as a Clinical Research Assistant in a large university.

I  always have a soft spot for special kids not only because of Pangga, but I also have another special brother, 2 nephews who have  Down  syndrome and another special niece.

They all bring joy to our families and we truly love them and consider them GOD’s gifts to us.

When Pangga died, our family was at a great loss, she was the first ever to pass away in our family of 12.

It was doubly hard for me, because I was not able to go back home for her funeral. I terribly miss her up to this day.

Our family decided to donate to the Special Education program of special kids in our town, part of the money that family and friends shared  for her burial expenses.

That started my desire to continue the legacy of providing love and support to kids with special needs in our town back home.

OUR PROJECTS

For the last two years ( 2015 to 2017 ), we have helped indigent kids in the Special Education program of the Romblon East Central School in Romblon, Philippines with their transportation expenses to and from school.

Most of these kids have to be accompanied by parents who barely could meet their family’s needs and lots of them live in far-flung barangays, some even cross the sea to attend school.

From October 2017, we have leveled up with our assistance by starting to build a minitherapy area aimed at developing the kids’ social, motor and sensory skills.

This website hopes to promote awareness that kids with special needs are part of our society and they are just like us, who need love and acceptance.

Their parents and families for sure truly care for  them but the whole community has a role of providing support for them to develop the best that they can be.

I would love to hear your comments and insights on my website and if you could help financially for our projects, it would be much appreciated.

If you click this link, it will direct you to our Go fund Me page for our present project, the mini-therapy area.

We thank you so much for your generosity, which will go a long way in supporting our special kids.

If you have questions about our project and how you can help or anything about the articles in this website, please post your comments below/ after the post or email me at admin@panggataikaw.com.

God bless,

Marita

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