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.

07 October 2014

ASP hosts a Relationship Direct Intervention Seminar

The Autism Society Philippines was fortunate to host an RDI seminar last 27 September 2014, with Ms. Renee Dela Cruz. Renee is an autism specialist with 15 years experience, based in Melbourne, Australia. She has a psychology background, is completing a masters/PHD in Autism Studies and is a certified RDI consultant. Renee is skilled in functional behaviour analysis; modification, psychological assessments; diagnosis, and delivering intervention services designed to enhance functioning and quality of life. She assists families to move from diagnosis to active remediation, implementing intervention plans that are tailored to the child's and family’s needs. She guides families to break down complex behaviours, work through anger/anxiety issues, discover opportunities to reestablish developmental milestones and guides parents to develop their child's thinking skills.



Relationship Development Intervention (RDI) is a family-based, behavioral treatment designed to address autism’s core symptoms. Developed by psychologist Steven Gutstein, Ph.D., it builds on the theory that “dynamic intelligence” is key to improving quality of life for individuals with autism. Dr. Gutstein defines dynamic intelligence as the ability to think flexibly. This includes appreciating different perspectives, coping with change and integrating information from multiple sources, e.g. sights and sounds. (Autism Speaks)

Renee discussed how RDI is all about connecting, thinking and growing. The approach teaches children how to be connected with their parents, whether they are verbal or not. She spoke about teaching and behavior modification techniques, as well as many ways to communicate with someone with autism.

I learned that parents play a big role in making people with autism kind, gentle, and warm hearted.

About the contributor. Lloyd Ngo was first an ASP intern when he attended Independent Living and Learning Center. He began working in 2012 as an encoder at the Ongkiko Manhit Custodio and Acorda Law Offices in Makati. He is currently ASP’s Program Assistant for Communications.

06 October 2014

The Sibling Factor

ASP Sta. Rosa had a simple yet fun time with some of the siblings of its members last 14 September 2014 at the Erolin residence at Tagapo, Sta. Rosa which is currently the registered office address of ASP Sta. Rosa.



The activity aimed to help the siblings understand their brother or sister with autism and try activities like shooting rings, following patterns and matching pictures with words that they can play with their siblings. We had story telling and we used the book "Spinning" written by Teacher Irene Sarmiento, written from the perspective of a sibling. Everyone enjoyed the simple but sumptuous merienda and the siblings were given prizes for their participation. This was a way for them to also learn how reward system can make their brother or sister with autism get motivated.


About the Contributor. Olive Medina is mom to CWA Enzo and his baby sister Lizzie. Aside from fulfilling her duties as a wife and mother, she works as General Manager for a logistics company, a part time college lecturer and part time yoga instructor. She is also the president of ASP Sta. Rosa Chapter.

05 October 2014

Disability Inclusive Workplace

Mrs. Carmel C. Almendrala, Trustee of Autism Society Philippines, was a resource speaker in the July 18, 2014 Quezon City PDAO “Public-Private Consultation Forum on the Employment of Persons with Disabilities.” Mrs. Almendrala spoke on the “Employment Situation for Persons with Autism.” The forum was held at the Bulwagang Amoranto of Quezon City Hall main building.


There were various other speakers from DepEd, DSWD, DOLE, Blue Ribbon Committee of the Philippine Senate, JOB START, Manulife and other disability NGO’s who presented their particular work related to PWDs.

Mrs. Almendrala discussed individual employment of various persons with autism in competitive setting, as well as group employment in different companies plus future possibilities for employment of PWAs.


About the contributor. Carmel C. Almendrala, a former ambassador’s wife and an Ulirang Ina Awardee of 2010, Carmel personifies diplomacy as she faces the world with poise, grace and intelligence. Over the years and in the many countries where their family has had to relocate because of her husband's work, she laboured tirelessly to advocate for her son Michael, now in his 40’s. Serving as Trustee for more than six terms, she reminds young mothers of children with autism: Grab every opportunity and don’t take no for an answer. This is evident in her son Mike, who is a Special Olympian Medalist (who competed in 2005 in powerlifting and in 2013 in bowling), a 2005 Apolinario Mabini Awardee, and an independent member of the community working as an administrative staff of the Philippine Information Agency.

04 October 2014

ASP hosts “Emergency Skills for Families with Autism”

The Autism Society Philippines conducted a seminar, entitled “Emergency Skills for Families with Autism.” The seminar was held at Conference Room of Philippine Information Agency Visayas Avenue, Quezon City last August 30, 2014, attended by parents and professionals.



The seminar regarding Emergency Skills for Families with Autism was facilitated by Mr. Mark Anthony Padil, founder of the eMergency Autism Response sKills (eMark) Services. Mr. Padil discussed most of the important things that each of individual do when we encounter a disaster whether it is a natural or a man-made disaster. He share to us the important things that we should prepare in case there is an emergency. He shows samples of what’s inside of a disaster supply kit should be. Mr. Padil also demonstrate different kinds of first aid in every type of emergency situation. The demonstration made the participants understand better how important to have a knowledge about first aid especially if there are emergency situation. As Mr. Padil is also an expert in handling children with autism he shares that CWA should also be trained in different kinds of emergency sounds to help them to be calm during emergency situation. He mentioned that as a first aider we should be calm and know the situation first before doing anything.

Participants shared their thoughts about the seminar.

“Very informative, more than a seminar.”

“The speaker is well trained on emergency training for disaster.”

“Excellent training for disaster emergency applicable for PWA.”

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03 October 2014

Family Support Group for October 2014

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. We welcome members and non-members to this intimate gathering.


Our facilitator for the October 18 Family Support Group session is Carmel Almendrala, a former ambassador’s wife and an Ulirang Ina Awardee of 2010, Carmel personifies diplomacy as she faces the world with poise, grace and intelligence. Over the years and in the many countries where their family has had to relocate because of her husband's work, she laboured tirelessly to advocate for her son Michael, now in his 40’s. Serving as Trustee for more than six terms, she reminds young mothers of children with autism: Grab every opportunity and don’t take no for an answer. This is evident in her son Mike, who is a Special Olympian Medalist (who competed in 2005 in powerlifting and in 2013 in bowling), a 2005 Apolinario Mabini Awardee, and an independent member of the community working as an administrative staff of the Philippine Information Agency.

Date: October 18 , 2014, Saturday
Time: 1:00-5:00PM
Venue: ASP National Office, Room 307, ML Building No. 47 Kamias Road Quezon City
Map: http://bit.ly/asp-map

Sign up for the Family Support Group below or call 926-6941 or 929-8447. Only 15 seats are available.

 
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