The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons with autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to families living with autism.

01 December 2016

Q&A WITH AUTISM EXPERTS - DECEMBER 2016

"It takes a village to raise a child." This African proverb rings louder for children with autism. The Autism Society Philippines believes that parents should build relationships with a professional compassionate support team who can advise and counsel them, in addressing the myriad of questions they have about raising a child on the spectrum.

"If you have met someone with autism, you have met ONE person with autism." There is no substitute for personal consultations with professionals, which consider traits and behaviors unique to the individual with autism.

As ASP continues to receive questions from parents and family members year-round, we have reached out to the following experts to help answer some concerns on health, education and intervention.


My 12 year old son, already in Grade V doesn't want to attend SPED classes instead he wants to stay in regular class. He is having difficulty catching up with his Math lessons resulting to frustration to the extent of hitting his teacher. He was indefinitely suspended by the school administrator. Is SUSPENSION a right approach to a misbehaving student with ASD case? --- Donna I.

Suspension and expulsion are punishments given for grave offenses. If the school knows that the child has ASD and has admitted him under an inclusion program, he should not get suspended. He can be asked to apologize to the teacher, render community service, etc. Imposing sanctions to students who have committed offenses should enable them to reflect on what they have done wrong and correct such behavior.

The school must help the student express his frustrations in an acceptable manner. For example, the child can use a "feelings wheel." This can be made from a paper plate. Different feelings and their corresponding facial expressions are placed on the paper plate in a manner that the feelings are like numbers on a clock. Just like a clock, a movable pointer shaped like an arrow is placed at the middle of the paper plate. The child points the arrow to his feelings. Depending on his ability, he can be asked to explain what he feels. The teacher could then give out suggestions to the student on what to do.


My son was diagnosed with Global Developmental Delay by a developmental doctor when he was 3 years old. Since then my son attends OT,Speech Therapy and preschool mainstream and is already able to talk in phrases & sentences though still babyish. He is now 5 going 6 years old and his diagnose changed to ASD (high functional). He still attends OT twice a week, speech therapy once a week and is now in Kinder 2. My concern is my son still has quirky behavior problems like smelling people, putting his eyes very close to the TV during his favorite commercial etc then closes his eyes sideways while walking away from the tv as if the images remains in his eyes, and has slight tantrums in public when he is bored (sitting down on the floors). I'm thinking that maybe hes OT is not working anymore since he complains that his therapist is bad and he's afraid of her. Is it a good idea that I will enroll him to ABA therapy instead of OT? Will ABA benefit him? --- Christine R.

Based on the DSM-5, Global Developmental Delay is a "diagnosis is reserved for individuals under the age of 5 years when the clinical severity level cannot be reliably assessed during early childhood." It is "diagnosed when an individual fails to meet expected developmental milestones in several areas of intellectual functioning, and applies to individuals who are unable to undergo systematic assessments of intellectual functioning, including children who are too young to participate in standardized testing. (p.31)" Given this, GDD is only a temporary diagnosis.

First of all, it is recommended that you discuss your concerns with his occupational therapist. Maybe there is a need to identify new strategies to address these concerns.Not all children will react the same way in therapy. Second, it would be best to know more about ABA and what it can do for your child if you are interested in placing him in this program. Have a trial period for it if it really interests you and then observe how your child responds to it.


Marie Grace Gomez is a Associate Professor 2 and a faculty member of the Special Education Area, UP College of Education at University of the Philippines Diliman. She is also the Director of the Diliman Learning Resource Center. 

She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science (1998), a Master of Arts in Education Degree with major in Guidance (2003), a Doctor of Philosophy in Education degree majoring in Guidance (2007) and another Doctor of Philosophy in Education Degree majoring in Special Education (2012).



17 November 2016

ASP PWAy Day on November 23: Christmas Card Making

"At Christmas, all  roads lead home" - Marjorie Holmes

The Autism Society Philippines Wednesday "PWAy Day" aims to provide enrichment for teens and adults with autism who are not currently enrolled in schools. ASP PWAy Days will offer opportunities to learn new skills, to socialize with non-family members and to have fun.

On November 23, Wednesday, from 2pm to 4pm, we will conduct a session on "Christmas Card Making". Adult PWAs will teach how to make a simple Christmas Card that can give to their love ones in this Christmas Season. 

To attend, simply sign up on the form below and prepare a P50 donation to ASP when you get on-site.

"Adults with autism who are no longer in school end up in the fringes of society." Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National President shares, "ASP is deeply invested in building a society where a individuals with autism be the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive and socially-accepted members of the community -- no matter where they are on the spectrum. By keeping PWAs active and engaged outside the home, we are also training the society to be more aware of what autism is, to be more appreciative of their gifts and to be more accommodating of their deficits."

13 November 2016

Nominations For ASP National Trustees 2017-2018

Are you or someone you know interested in serving ASP? Someone with a strong history of volunteerism? Someone who has selflessly served the national organization or a local chapter? Someone with the skills and connections to grow our advocacy? Then nominate them today!

From 13 November 2016 until 16 December 2016, nominations are now welcome for the 11 ASP National Trustee positions.


This year’s Election Committee (EleCom) Chair is Ms. Jennette F. Rodriguez, President of ASP UP CAMP Manila chapter. She and other members of the Election Committee, Mr. Cenin Faderogao (EleCom Vice Chair), Carla Dizon and Abby Mendoza will validate the status of all nominators and the qualifications of all the nominees and confirm their eligibility via email and phone.

On 7 January 2017, ASP National will elect its new leadership – 11 trustees – who will lead the organization for the next 2 years and continue its national advocacy.

Nomination Guidelines:
1. For an ASP member to nominate another member to the board, he/she must be an ASP member with an updated membership as of 31 October 2016 and a member for at least six months.

2. An ASP member may nominate himself.

3. Nominees must meet the following criteria:
3.1. an active ASP member in good standing for at least two consecutive years
3.2. related to a person with autism by consanguinity or affinity up to the 4th civil degree
3.3. of good moral character
3.4. able to attend the ASP General Assembly on 7 January 2017, Saturday
3.5. able to attend regular and special meetings in the National office in Quezon City as needed.
3.6. able to shoulder transportation to and from ASP meetings and events.
3.7. able to head a committee.

4. If a nominee does not meet the above-mentioned qualifications, the ASP member who nominated him/her may email the EleCom Chair a “Request for Consideration” highlighting the candidate’s other attributes. EleCom Chair shall consult with the ASP National Trustees for a decision.

Nomination Process:
1. To nominate, please fill-up the Candidacy Nomination Form below.
2. You will receive a confirmation of the nomination you have submitted.  However, the nominees must approve or accept their nomination to be included in the final list of candidates.
3. We shall be posting the final list of candidates on 19 December 2016.

Voting Process:
1. Members may cast their ballot via electronic voting 19 December 2016 to 6 January 2017.
2. Members may cast their ballot via electronic voting if they meet the following criteria.
2.1. Live outside Metro Manila
2.2. Will be able to attend the General Assembly on 7 January 2017, Saturday.
3. Tentative venue of the General Assembly and Elections is the G/F Lopez Building, MERALCO Compound, Pasig City.
4. The conduct of the elections will be based on the ASP National By-Laws.  Decisions of the Election Committee will be deemed final.

Timeline:

Nomination Period                        14 November - 16 December 2016
Online Elections                            19 December 2016 - 6 January 2017
General Assembly                         7 January 2017, Saturday

11 November 2016

ASP PWAy Day on November 16: Angels Christmas Decor Making

"Good news from heaven the angels bring; glad tidings to the earth they sing: To us this day a child is given, To crown us with the joy of heaven.” – Martin Luther

The Autism Society Philippines Wednesday "PWAy Day" aims to provide enrichment for teens and adults with autism who are not currently enrolled in schools. ASP PWAy Days will offer opportunities to learn new skills, to socialize with non-family members and to have fun.

On November 16, Wednesday, from 2pm to 4pm, we will conduct a session on "Angels Christmas Decor Making". Adult PWAs will teach how to make different Angels Decor for the Christmas Season. 

To attend, simply sign up on the form below and prepare a P50 donation to ASP when you get on-site.

"Adults with autism who are no longer in school end up in the fringes of society." Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National President shares, "ASP is deeply invested in building a society where a individuals with autism be the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive and socially-accepted members of the community -- no matter where they are on the spectrum. By keeping PWAs active and engaged outside the home, we are also training the society to be more aware of what autism is, to be more appreciative of their gifts and to be more accommodating of their deficits."

05 November 2016

ASP PWAy Day on November 9: Paper Parol Making

“Christmas is doing a little something extra for someone.” ~ Charles Schulz

The Autism Society Philippines Wednesday "PWAy Day" aims to provide enrichment for teens and adults with autism who are not currently enrolled in schools. ASP PWAy Days will offer opportunities to learn new skills, to socialize with non-family members and to have fun.

On November 9, Wednesday, from 2pm to 4pm, we will conduct a session on "Paper Parol Making". Adult PWAs will teach how to make a simple parol in time for the Christmas Season. Chosen work may be display as Christmas decoration at ASP Headquarters.

To attend, simply sign up on the form below and prepare a P50 donation to ASP when you get on-site.

"Adults with autism who are no longer in school end up in the fringes of society." Mona Magno-Veluz, ASP National President shares, "ASP is deeply invested in building a society where a individuals with autism be the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive and socially-accepted members of the community -- no matter where they are on the spectrum. By keeping PWAs active and engaged outside the home, we are also training the society to be more aware of what autism is, to be more appreciative of their gifts and to be more accommodating of their deficits."




 
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