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 March 2018

ASP PWAy Day for the month of March

"If they can't learn the way we teach, we teach the way they learn" --- Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas

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. This will be every Wednesday, from 2pm to 4pm at ASP Headquarters. This is open to all PWAs, 16 years old and above.

On March 7 - we will start our PWAy Day for this month - a KarAOKe session for the Adults with Autism in a real KarAOKe Machine. 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 March 14 - we will have a Chocnut Making - one of the favorite and yummy chocolate products of children with autism. This can be an opportunity to increase independence, learn basic academic skills to use in a functional way. PWAs who have sensory processing challenges can benefit greatly from the smells, textures and tastes involved during the process. This will teach the PWAs on proper food hygiene, simple food preparation, and presentation. Participants must bring their own hair net, apron, and closed shoes (no slippers or sandals please). Prepare a P150 donation when you get on-site.

On March 21 - one of the most requested PWAY Day activities - MixxedFit Dance Fitness - MixxedFit is a people-inspired dance fitness program that is a mix of explosive dancing and bootcamp training techniques. Certified Mixxedfit Instructor Miss Donna Lim will lead this innovative dance-fitness incorporates different elements, all of which are designed to tone, strengthen, and increase endurance. MixxedFit will feel you energized, combining fun-loving dance moves with interval training and cardio workouts, individuals will enjoy an inspirational full body workout.

"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."

27 February 2018

Intervention Models for Children with Autism

This lecture will talk about 2 intervention models specific for children with autism spectrum disorder – the DIR/Floortime approach and the Early Start Denver Model (ESDM). The audience will be learning about the (1) basic principles and theory; (2) process and approach; and (3) research and evidence for each of the intervention models or type of focused intervention.

About the Speaker:
Patricia Carmel L. Yap, LPT, MA or Teacher Poy as she is so fondly called is a graduate of the Ateneo De Manila University with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies - Psychology and Education track. She has a Masters degree in Developmental Psychology also from the Ateneo and is a Licensed Professional Teacher. She has a certificate to teach Special Education and is a Basic Floortime Provider. Teacher Poy has been working with children since 2009 and began her work with special children and their families in 2013. She is presently a play facilitator, parent coach and head of the Transdisciplinary Early Intervention Program at MedMom Institute for Human Development.

Seminar Details:
Date: 24 March 2018, Saturday
Time: 9:00AM - 12:00PM
Venue: ASP National Headquarters, #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentebella, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City

Seminar Fees:
Pre-Registration (until March 20 or until slots last)
ASP Member- P 400.00
Non-Member- P 600.00

On-site Registration
ASP Member- P 500.00
Non-Member- P 700.00

Pre-registered participants may pay 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 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 70 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 02-903-5496.

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.

23 February 2018

Family Support Group for the month of March

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. New ASP members are encouraged to join.

Momie Joyla and son Juris

Our facilitator for this month is Momie Joyla Ofrecia. She is a mother of two, Juris 18, he has autism & Patricia 17. She has been a hands-on mother and for 16 years, has been implementing home intervention programs along with other school/center-based interventions for her own son and 11 years for other children with autism. She has earned her Master’s Degree in Special Education from Angeles University Foundation. She conducts training to parents and professionals and orientations to different organizations and institutions on autism. She is one of the Trustees of ASP National, also the current president of the Autism Society Philippines City of San Fernando Pampanga Chapter and Program Director of Noah Autism Resource Center.  Teacher Joy finds her fulfillment in her role as an advocate of autism and an instrument to empowering parents of children with special needs. Her passion in what she does is fueled by the firm belief that she was tasked to fulfill God's purpose for her life.

Date: March 17, Saturday
Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Venue: Autism Society Philippines National Headquarters
Address: #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentebella, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City

Sign up for the Family Support Group via the on-line form below or call +632 903.5496. Only 15 seats are available.

01 February 2018

Q&A with Autism Experts - February 2018

"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 5year old son Nino is diagnosed with autism,he can identify letters in English alphabets and pronounce it except letter w,he says it as do for letter w.whenever u say something to him he responds by saying mama only.No other words just mama.How could I improve him more ?Since he refuses to pay attention whenever I teach him new things but he is interested only in English alphabets. --- M. Cabacungan

Do attend ASP’s monthly family support group meetings (every third Saturday of the month) and monthly seminars to learn the different interventions, approaches and strategies that you can use to help your child. --- Cecilia Sicam

You can use playing with Alphabet toys in plenty of ways to stimulate your son’s speech and language skills. Using an Alphabet puzzle, you can make him request for each letter by prompting him to: (1) Say “Give”, and (2) Imitate the sounds of the Alphabet. Introduce different materials (pup-up toys, musical toys, flashcards, etc.) with alphabet designs to gain his attention and interest. Provide language stimulation by talking to him about what he’s doing and what you yourself are doing with the toy. This will provide him with the words he needs to comprehend and eventually use for communication. Encourage imitation of the words that you model. Reinforce and reward efforts to imitate with verbal praises or access to toys.

Consult a speech-language pathologist for a more intensive management of your son’s speech and language delay. --- Elinor Cunanan-Bautista, CSP-PASP
Hi po. My youngest brother was diagnosed when he was 3 y/o having mild autism. Since then, nag-undergo siya ng therapy and now graduating na siya from Grade 6 regular school and turning 13 y/o. Is it advisable na sa normal school pa rin siya mag-aral since meron siya behaviour na nilalaro niya ung left hand niya even during classes. May difficulty siya in terms of Math subject but he is really advance naman in writing, geography and maps, memorizing ung mga gusto niya like countries etc.  --- A. Braza

There is no straightforward answer to this since it will depend on whether his regular school can provide the kind of education he needs to become functional as an adult. First of all, your family needs to take a realistic look at your brother’s strengths, interests, needs and limitations. What do you think he can potentially become as an adult? Do keep in mind that work behaviors and work ethics are more important than cognitive skills in determining employability of a person with autism. Aside from his school, he may need additional support to address his other needs. An assessment and recommendation by your Developmental Pediatrician &/or OT will be a big help. --- Cecilia Sicam

Elinor Cunanan-Bautista, CSP-PASP is the current President of the Philippine Association of Speech Pathologists. She is a practicing speech-language pathologist at Primary Skills Foundation in Quezon City. She is a PROMPT® Level 2 practitioner. Aside from being a clinician, she is a special lecturer at the University of the Philippines Manila.

She completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Pathology from the University of the Philippines Manila in 1997.  She further honed her skills as an educator by taking units in Master of Arts in Education, Major in Special Education, from 2000-2002 at the University of the Philippines Diliman.  She also took units in Master of Rehabilitation Science - Speech Pathology from 2004-2005 at the University of the Philippines Manila.

Ms. Cecilia Sicam is one of the 11 original founders of the Autism Society Philippines. She has served ASP in many capacities, as President from 2000 to 2004; and as its current Vice President. Inspired by her PWA son Likas, Ces has been instrumental in the founding of Professionals for Autism Foundation, Inc., Center for Autism and Related Disorders, the Philippine Association for Behavioral Analysis, and Bridges Foundation where she is currently its Directress. She taught SpEd for three years Santa Clara, California; and came back to serve Filipino children with special needs.

29 January 2018

Family Support Group for the month of February

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. New ASP members are encouraged to join.

Our facilitator for this month is Ms. Mary Janette Peña. Mam Jan is one of the tireless movers behind the meteoric rise in the numbers of ASP chapters nationwide, most significantly in Cavite. Jan’s commitment to the national autism advocacy has earned -- together with her husband Al and kids Thea (who is now the ASP Dasmariñas President), Muneer (an adolescent with autism) and Milli -- the coveted Jollibee Family Values Award in 2015.

Jan is also actively involved in the El Shaddai Ministry. Tita Jan is often called “Gobernadora” by ASP leaders. After becoming the founding chapter president of ASP Bacoor in 2006, Jan proceeded to building thirteen more chapters in Cavite province from 2007 to 2016. By 2008, the Gobernadora pursued chapter building outside of Cavite province, and was instrumental in forming 21 more chapters nationwide. In between chapter building, Jan also served as Board Trustee of ASP National From 2008 to 2016. But in 2017, Jan started overseeing the society’s operations as the new ASP Executive Director.

Date: 17 February 2018, Saturday
Time: 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Venue: Autism Society Philippines National Headquarters
Address: #9 11th Jamboree Street cor. Sct. Fuentebella, Brgy. Sacred Heart, Quezon City

Sign up for the Family Support Group via the on-line form below or call +632 903-5496. Only 15 seats are available.

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