The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. The ASP has been in the forefront of providing services and training to persons on the autism spectrum and their families. We envision a society where Filipinos on the spectrum become the best of their potentials -- self-reliant, independent, productive, socially-accepted citizens of an Autism-OK Philippines.

17 October 2019

ASP Heroes and Villains Pizza-Pasta Costume Party

ASP members, don your best Heroes and Villains Costume outfit! Join us in a for a day of friendship, food and fun!


WHAT: ASP Heroes and Villains Pizza-Pasta Costume Party
WHEN: 09 November 2019, Sat, 10am-12nn (for 15yo and below) and 2pm-4pm (16yo and up)
WHERE: ASP National Headquarters
WHO: Persons on the spectrum + strictly 1 companion max.

Bring any of the following food to share: pizza, spaghetti, barbeque, drinks.

You are in for songs, dancing and games! Make new friends and bond with the old. The best costumes gets prizes!

Thank you to our partners: La Maison B.

Sign up sheet is http://bit.ly/asp-contingent

03 October 2019

Behavior Management Planning

What: Behavior Management Planning Seminar-Workshop
When: 19 October 2019, 8am - 12nn
Where: ASP National Headquarters (http://bit.ly/asp-map2)


Behaviors are a way for our children on the spectrum to communicate their needs. In this seminar-workshop, participants will understand the reasons for challenging behaviors, techniques to scan the environment to reduce chances of challenging behaviors, and strategies to help children stay engaged and regulated. At the end of the workshop participants shall have created a behavior management plan for their child which they can implement in their home, school or other environment.

Our Speaker:

Cecile Sicam is one of the 11 original founders of the Autism Society Philippines. She has served ASP in many capacities, as Secretary, President from 2001 to 2004; Vice President. Cecile has been teaching children with special needs for more than 2 decades. She taught SpEd for three years Santa Clara County, California; and upon her return resumed her position as Program Coordinator of Bridges Foundation Inc. She served as BFI's Directress from 2010-2016. She was her son's job coach upon his transition from school. Her adult son, Likas, has been employed for more than a decade. Now retired, she is currently ASP's Board Secretary, Education Committee Head and Project Manager of the Homepowerment Project.

Seminar Rates: (certificate and snack included)

The Seminar is exclusive to members of the Autism Society Philippines. Seminar rate is until October 16th only, additional P200 for walkin registration.

P 400 - Seminar only (For existing ASP Members)
P 900 - Seminar + ASP membership

Seminar fees may be deposited to Autism Society Philippines, Metrobank, Kamias Branch Account Number 047-3-04751874-2. Please email the scan copy of your deposit slip with the name/s of participant/s and contact numbers to autismphils@gmail.com and bring it on the day of the seminar. On-site registrants or walk- in will be accepted depending on the availability of slots. There will only be 45 slots available. No refund will be given to participants who do not show up on the date of the seminar. For more details, please call ASP at 02-9035496.

The ASP Education and Empowerment Program serves as a platform to educate Filipino parents and professionals on the various interventions, modalities and theories surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Their application and implementation are left at your discretion. The views and personal experiences of the speakers are their own and may not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.

30 September 2019

ASP PueDay for Kids: Yoga with Parent

The Autism Society Philippines "PueDays" -- pronounced [pwe'-deys] -- are activities that aim to provide enrichment for persons on the autism spectrum -- to learn new skills, to socialize with non-family members and to have fun -- in a happy, inclusive environment. (These events are exclusive to ASP members. If you are not yet a member, please register at http://bit.ly/asp-join.)

ASP PueDays for Kids are suited for children and teens on the spectrum, aged 7 to 15 years old; while ASP Wednesday PueDays are suited for youth on the spectrum, 16 years old and up.


What: ASP PueDay for Kids, Yoga with Parent
When: 05 Oct 2019, 2pm-3pm
Where: ASP National Headquarters

Participant Profile: Children and teens on the spectrum, aged 7 to 15 years old, assisted or independent. Maximum 10 slots (pair) available. Only one caregiver per child will be allowed in the training room.

Cost: Your P300 donation per pair

Yoga is a mind-body practice that combines physical poses, controlled breathing, and meditation or relaxation. Yoga helps Persons on the autism spectrum in many ways. It develops motor skills, enhances balance and stability and develops body awareness.Yoga improves confidence and social skills, learning self-control and self-calming techniques through yoga, they are likely to grow confidence in interacting with others and refine their social skills. It is also help the them to be calm and relax. Bring you own mat on this activity.

About the Facilitator:

Elizabeth Montenegro-Rye is a Yoga Teacher for Individuals with Special Needs and the Founder of Perfect Soul Center for Education and Healing, a place serving the needs of neurodiverse individuals.

She is a graduate of the University of the Philippines Diliman. She learned yoga from various teachers both in the Philippines and abroad, most notably from Sivakami Sonia Sumar, the grand dame of yoga therapy for children with special needs.

As a special needs parent herself, Teacher Beth hopes to be able to share the benefits of yoga and mindfulness practices with teachers and parents navigating the world of special needs.

Reminders:
1. Parents are preferred partners to participants; but other family members are also welcome.
2. Please bring two yoga mats per pair.
3. Wear comfortable clothing, preferably a green shirt.
4. Please have your last heavy meal at least 2 hours before the yoga session.
5. For individuals with hypertension, spinal injuries, seizure disorders and other health concerns, please inform the teacher prior to yoga practice.

25 September 2019

ASP, Best Buddies and DSAPI call for kindness

The Autism Society Philippines, Best Buddies Philippines, and the Down Syndrome Association of the Philippines work as independent entities towards building a society that will accept, accommodate and appreciate persons with developmental and intellectual disabilities. We are grateful for the many responsible media organizations and personalities who amplify our message through their own spheres of influence for a compassionate world.

Together, we strongly condemn the mimicry of individuals with autism and other developmental or intellectual disabilities on social media for entertainment. Primarily released for public amusement, these memes earn social media virality and visibility; but do little to raise genuine understanding. It reinforces stereotypes, marked with exaggerated interactions and movement; and poor judgement; and become the root of bullying and discrimination documented at the grassroots.

We enjoin entertainment organizations and personalities to take a stronger stand against subtle ridicule. We encourage disability, student and human rights groups to echo messages of unity against everyday discrimination.

ASP PueDay for the month of October, November and December

“Rigid academic and social expectations could wind up stifling a mind that, while it might struggle to conjugate a verb, could one day take us to distant stars.” – Temple Grandin

The Autism Society Philippines Wednesday "PueDay" aims to provide enrichment for teens and adults on the autism spectrum who are not currently enrolled in schools. ASP PueDays will offer opportunities to learn new skills, to socialize with non-family members and to have fun. This will be every Wednesday, from 2pm to 4pm at ASP Headquarters. This is open to all Persons on the autism spectrum members, 16 years old and above.


On October 2 - we will start our PueDay for this month - a KarAOKe session for the Persons on the autism spectrum. KarAOKe is a way of dining interactive entertainment. Singing lowers stress levels. This activity will releases stored muscle tension and decreases the levels of a stress hormone of the adults with autism. Singing improves mental alertness: Improved blood circulation and an oxygenated blood stream allow more oxygen to reach the brain.

On October 9 - Mooncake Dice Game - also known as Pua Tiong Chiu or Bo Bing Chinese dice game traditionally played as part of the celebration of the Mid-Autumn Festival. The game known as Bo Bing (lit. gambling for cakes) in China, traditionally involves six dices and a China bowl with 63 different sized mooncakes as prizes for the winning players. This activity will develop socialization and communications among the Persons on the autism spectrum. Please wear proper clothes and don't forget the P100 donation.

On October 16 - we will have Candle Making. Learn how to easily make your own homemade candles. Candles are a great way to bring light and fragrance into a room, and making them yourself is a fun craft project. This activity is a great way to get those young ones more interested in their own creativity. A really great way to express yourself with fun crafts that are both easy and fulfilling to do. Bring your scissors, extra shirt and P200 donation.

On October 23 - we will have a cooking session.Crema de Fruta. Crema de fruta is a traditional Filipino fruitcake made with layers of sponge cake, sweet custard or whipped cream, gelatin or gulaman, and various preserved or fresh fruits, including mangoes, pineapples, cherries, and strawberries. It is usually served during the Christmas season. This will teach them on proper food hygiene, simple food preparation, and presentation. Participants must bring their own hair net, apron, disposable food container and wear closed shoes (no slippers or sandals please). Prepare a P200 donation when you get on-site.

"Persons on the autism spectrum 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 Persons on the autism spectrum 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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