The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) is a national, non-profit organization dedicated to the well-being of persons on the autism spectrum disorder. 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.

21 June 2021

Parents united in a unique experience that is autism

The ASP Family Support group meeting held via Zoom on 19 June 2021 was hosted by ASP Co-Founder Cecile Sicam and ASP Laguna President Cathy Lopez. Parents from Luzon, NCR, Visayas and Mindanao joined the lively discussion, covering a wide range of topics relevant to our children, whose ages ranged from 5 years old to 40 years old.  


Here are the highlights and insights from the session.

Families are coping with the pandemic; but children on the autism spectrum are mostly adversely affected. Parents must explain the virus to their children in a manner they can understand. We must establish new routines and stick to it. Aside from schoolwork, their responsibilities must include household chores, exercise time, and new opportunities for learning their interests e.g. cooking, music lessons or painting. Those who long to see his classmates, parents can advocate for virtual get-togethers and group sessions online;  

Practical self-help and daily living skills must be taught at this time. For very young children, focus on self-help skills e.g. bathing, brushing teeth, toileting. School age children must work on how to improve sitting, focus, task completion to prepare them for modular school learning. Parents must balance academics with practical skills e.g. food preparation.  Do not baby them – give them responsibilities suitable for their age and abilities.

Online classes are challenging for students on the spectrum and the parents. It seemed the teachers were not trained and prepared to give on-line classes – many unknowns. Parents should not be shy about advocating for the child with school. Coordinate with school and look for support. Let child know that it doesn’t matter if they are on top or not as long as they do their best. Parents shouldn’t pressure themselves but they should also be motivated to support their child’s learning. College is not for everyone. Look for options that will fit your child.

Gadgets can help keep our kids motivated; but can be addicting.  If a child spends too much time on gadgets, affecting his sleep and behaviors, replace gadget time with other activities. Do not take something away without replacing it with something better. Put limitations and slowly wean them from gadgets. Use visual schedules and put time for tablet or TV during rest time.

We can prepare our children for vocations and livelihood now. Teach work ethics – compliance, respecting the boss, working independently, finishing tasks, being punctual. Expose them to different things; sometimes discovering what may work is trial and error. Look for special gifts, interests, and strengths. 

Parenting is a diverse experience. Parents should empower themselves and connect with other parents and others who can help. Find a support system -- hindi ka nag-iisa. Treasure every moment. Dads share the parenting journey as much as the moms.

ASPs monthly family support group sessions bring together parents, siblings and other family members to talk about their journey in living with autism. Participants share their experiences and draw enlightenment and strength from others going through the same challenges. See you next month! #AutismOKPH

07 June 2021

Crafting A Home Program


26 June 2021, Sat
10am

Join this learning event exclusively for ASP members! The Crafting a Home Program webinar aims to provide understanding on the importance of family involvement and follow through at home in the intervention program for children on the autism spectrum. Participants are expected to bring home practical tips on how to help their children become productive, functional and independent members of the family and the community.

Resource Speaker:


MS. MARIA JOYLA OFRECIA empowers families in the care and instruction of children and youth on the autism spectrum, as a valuable resource to the ASP Early Detection and Early Intervention Program, ASP Education Committee and the ASP HOMEpowerment Program. She organized and mentors the ASP chapters towards good governance and sustainability as the ASP South Luzon Cluster Head.

Her eldest is Juris, a young man on the autism spectrum. She has been a hands-on mother and for almost 15 years, has been implementing home intervention programs along with other center-based interventions not just for her own son but also for other children on the spectrum.

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, through monthly seminars and workshops.

03 June 2021

ASP Family Support Group for June 2021

Date: 19 June 2021, Saturday
Time: 10:00am - 12:00nn
Register below to get the zoom link

June 2021 FSG poster

ASPs monthly family support group sessions bring together parents, siblings and other family members to talk about their journey in living with autism. Participants share their experiences and draw enlightenment and strength from others going through the same challenges.

The Autism Society Philippines -- together with this month's host, ASP Laguna -- welcome members and non-members, bound by a common experience that is autism. We aspire to educate, empower and inspire to help build an Autism-OK Philippines.

Our Moderators:

MS. MARIA JOYLA OFRECIA empowers families in the care and instruction of children and youth on the autism spectrum, as a valuable resource to the ASP Early Detection and Early Intervention Program, ASP Education Committee and the ASP HOMEpowerment Program. She organized and mentors the ASP chapters towards good governance and sustainability as the ASP South Luzon Cluster Head.

Her eldest is Juris, a young man on the autism spectrum. She has been a hands-on mother and for almost 15 years, has been implementing home intervention programs along with other center-based interventions not just for her own son but also for other children on the spectrum.

MS. CATHERINE LOPEZ obtained her Bachelor of Elementary Education, Major in Special Education at San Pablo Colleges and her Master of Arts in Education, Major in Special Education at Jose Rizal University. She is the Job Coach for the office and messenger services of Autism Resource Center. She also serves as the President of ASP Laguna Chapter and past cluster head for ASP chapters in South Luzon. She is a mother of a young adult with autism who graduated from UP Los BaƱos in 2017.

01 June 2021

Nominations for ASP Davao Chapter Officers 2021 - 2023

ASP Davao Nomination Poster


The Autism Society Philippines Davao Chapter will elect its new sets of officers for the year 2021 - 2023. To continue the chapter’s advocacy, ASP is looking for the next leaders who are interested to serve the ASP Davao chapter and continue the programs and activities of the organization.

From 14 - 27 June 2021, nominations are now welcome to fill the chapter officer posts.

This year’s Election Committee (EleCom) Chair is Mr. Cenin Faderogao. He and other members of the Election Committee, Abby Mendoza and Angel Penaloza will validate the status of all nominators and the qualifications of all the nominees.

On June 28 June - 11 July 2021, ASP Davao will elect its new leadership–who will lead the chapter members for the next 2 years and continue its local advocacy.

Nomination Guidelines:
1. For an ASP Davao member to nominate another member for the officer position, he/she must be an ASP Davao member with an updated membership as of 13 June 2021.

2. An ASP Davao member may nominate himself.

3. Nominees must meet the following criteria:
  3.1 an active ASP Davao member in good standing
  3.2 of good moral character
  3.3 able to attend regular and special meetings virtually or physically
  3.4 able to lead projects

4. If a nominee does not meet the above-mentioned qualifications, the ASP Davao 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. A call for nomination will be sent to all members.

2. To nominate, please fill-up the Nomination Form thru this link (https://form.jotform.com/210407724261043).

3. 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.

4. The Election Committee will validate the status of all nominators and the qualifications of all the nominees and confirm their eligibility via email and phone.

5. We shall be posting the final list of candidates on 15 July 2021.

Voting Process:
1. Members may cast their ballot via electronic voting from June 28 -11 July 2021.

2. The conduct of the elections will be based on the ASP National By-Laws.

3. Decisions of the Election Committee will be final.

4. The new ASP Davao Officers will be announced on 15 July 2021.

Timeline:
Nomination Period: 14 - 27 June 2021
Online Elections: 28 June - 11 July 2021
Announcement of Results: 15 July 2021

26 May 2021

Chapter Leaders Klasik Klaster Kapihan Goes Virtual!

KKK Poster

Chapter Leaders are invited to attend the Klasik Klaster Kapihan (KKK) on the following dates, depending on geographical location. Each session will take approximately an hour and a half.

29 May 2021, Sat 1000H - North Luzon
29 May 2021, Sat 1530H - South Luzon
05 June 2021, Sat 1000H - VisMin
05 June 2021, Sat 1530H - Metro Manila / Rizal

KKK allows chapter leaders to congregate and discuss advocacy matters with fellow leaders and with the ASP National leadership.

Each chapter will be asked to report on the status of the chapter, by answering the following questions:
-What are the accomplishments of the chapter over the last six months?
-What are the challenges and opportunities for the chapter?
-How can the ASP National leadership help you grow our shared advocacy

Confirm your participation by filling out the form below. Zoom details will be released via your respective cluster groups chats via Facebook Messenger.