CAS Extension Programs 2014-2015

These aim to increase the security of livelihood, alleviate poverty, reduce illiteracy, improve health and nutrition, and create a system of governance that promotes, supports, and sustains human development and protecting and preserving the environment. The project leader of Arts and Sciences closely coordinates with the Office of Extension Services of the college for these projects.

The Development Arts Production Association (DAPA) of the College of Arts & Sciences conducted public speaking and basic theater make-up workshop at Sofronio A. Cordovero Integrated School in Barangay Jumaguicjic on October 10, 2014.  There were 20 students including DAPAs officers, project leader, and guest speaker in the person of Mr. Brayan Mari Argos.

He extended his expertise in public speaking and communication skills for students to become successful individuals someday. Through his unique professional coaching style he helped reduce fear among students in public speaking.

This was followed by the basic theater make-up wherein some students in Sofronio A. Cordovero Integrated School became models. They were taught how to create make-up stage, such as scares, be an old lady or a creature of the night.

A closing remark was then given by the head of the extension services. The activities ended by giving certificates to the school, the guest speaker, facilitators and the students who participated in this activity.

The Psychology Students of the College of Arts & Sciences conducted activities for children in overcoming fear at Jumaguicjic on December 13, 2014.  They believe that children have different perspectives of the world than adults.

It is normal for most children to develop fears at one time or another.  Children may develop fears that require guidance to overcome them. Fear of the dark is a relatively common childhood fear. Helping the child overcome fears can alleviate emotional stress and promote a sense of security. Some children develop fear of failure.

Drawing and coloring activities are great ways to begin identifying the child’s fears. Children lack the same complex expression as adults, so coloring provides a simple creative outlet.

The Psychology students asked a child to draw what he or she was afraid of. They discussed why a child is afraid and find out what the child thinks the outcome will be. Children were also asked to draw how to overcome the fear. This helped them feel that they have a certain degree of control over the outcome.
Exposure activities help decrease the intensity of fearful emotions by constant repetition. They also help the child develop coping skills. For example, if the child is afraid of the dark, he/she can start by having a child stay in his dark bedroom at night for very short amounts of time while he sits outside the door. They can start with 10 minutes and reassure the child that they are sitting at the door to insure their safety.

Over time, repeated exposure desensitizes the child to that particular fear. Role-playing games are a great way to help child overcome fears.

Role playing helps a child understand his feelings and as a result feels less stressed. Children are commonly afraid of what they think will happen, so role playing allows the child to act out the situation and know what to expect. Overcoming fear is a part of growing up.

If the child’s fear seems out of proportion to the situation, it may be a sign of a more serious problem.  The children need to feel that parents are courageous, strong, and will protect them. At times what they do become fearful in front of their children.  If this happens, it turns into a teachable moment. Simply acknowledge the emotion to their children and show them how they are working toward releasing their fear.

Psychology students spent some time talking about these events and encouraged the children to come up with creative ways to resolve problems. Children are perfect candidates for meditation because they have such vivid imaginations. A simple way to begin is to have the child find a quiet spot where he won’t be disturbed.
Sometimes children just need to express what is on their mind. Once they have released their fear someone asks them to imagine the best outcome for any situation they are fearful of. There are wonderful games that can help children go out of fear. As parents there are so many ways that can encourage their children to face their fears and overcome them. By empowering them with these strategies they can truly achieve their highest potential.  After such activity the Psychology students gave snacks to the children. They also gave gifts and donated school provisions to the Day Care Center.