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 October 2014

October 25 Saturday Seminar on Music as a Therapy Option

Music as a Therapy Option
9:30am – 12:00pm

Well established as an allied health profession in other countries, Music Therapy has yet to be better known in the Philippines as a therapeutic option. Studies reveal that most individuals with autism spectrum disorder respond positively to music -- making music interventions potentially effective when used within a therapeutic context. Music Therapy can encourage social interactions, increase attention and communication attempts, reduce anxiety and improve body coordination. Our session speaker will share what it is, why and how it works, why it is both an art and science, how it is carried out and benefits individuals with special needs.



Ma. Solinda Garcia-Bautista, a senior management executive and management consultant of 28 years with top global firms, was recently appointed as a Director of Autism Hearts Philippines in September 2014 and is pursuing Music Therapy graduate studies to provide an extraordinary potent, therapeutic option for families with exceptional children. Inspired by her 20-year-old middle child with autism who grew up with music all around him, Sol is amongst the first batch of graduate students at the St. Paul University Manila College of Music and the Performing Arts, a Center of Excellence for Music pioneering Music Therapy programs in the Philippines.

Sol concurrently gave chase to Business Administration & Accountancy at the University of the Philippines and Music at Sta. Isabel College, delivered her piano graduation recital and garnered eighth place in the CPA boards. She helped transform businesses through technology as a consultant locally and abroad on mission-critical engagements in New York, Chicago, Tokyo and Hong Kong, and as a senior executive for a multinational financial firm. She concertizes when time permits, as a soloist and with her family.


Seminar Details

Pre-reg. *until October 21
Active ASP Member - Free
Non - Member - P600.00

On-Site Registration
Active ASP Member - Free
Non - Member - P700.00

Venue: G/F Lopez Building Meralco Compound Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City
Map: http://bit.ly/1wWFRdv
Seminar Fee is inclusive of certificate, handouts and snacks
For Free registered participants, certificates will cost P200

Pre-registered participants may pay to Autism Society Philippines, Metro Bank, Kamias Branch Account Number 047-3-04751874-2. Please fax your deposit slip to (02) 926 6941 or email a scan copy at autismphils@gmail.com with the name/s of participant/s to ASP office and bring it on the day of the seminar. On-site registrants will be accepted depending on the availability of slots. There will only be 50 slots available. No refund will be given to participants who did not show up on the date of the seminar. For more details, please call ASP at 02-926-6941 or 02-929-8447.

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.


17 September 2014

September 27 Saturday Seminar on Relationship Direct Intervention

Relationship Direct Intervention
9:30am – 12:00pm

Living in a complex world with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), is like living in a foreign country and not speaking the language. Individuals on the spectrum often struggle to connect with their world on multiple levels which impacts all elements of their functioning. While research still debates the aetiology of ASD, research has shown that through the passionate dedication of parents to provide early intervention and opportunities to grow, we can make a difference to individuals on the spectrum and most importantly parents (and professionals) have the capacity to restore their child’s ability to think, communicate and relate dynamically, and thus our session speaker will introduce us a guiding program that is designed to assist parents to promote their child’s ability to connect, think and grow by working on, not around the core issues of ASD.


Renee Dela Cruz is an Autism Specialist with 15 years experience working in the field. Renee is based in Melbourne; Australia however has experience working with individuals with ASD all over the world. Renee has a psychology background, is completing a masters/PHD in Autism Studies and is a certified RDI® consultant. Renee specialises in the assessment, therapy, consultation and management of children with a range of developmental, social, play, learning and behavioural difficulties. Renee is skilled in functional behaviour analysis & modification, psychological assessments & diagnosis, and delivering intervention services designed to enhance functioning and quality of life. Renee assists families to move from diagnosis to active remediation, implementing intervention plans that are tailored to the child's and family’s needs. Renee 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.

Seminar Details

Pre-reg. *until September 25
ASP Member - P500.00
Non - Member - P600.00

On-Site Registration
ASP Member - P600.00
Non - Member - P700.00

Venue: Bridges Foundation, Inc. #22 Scout Limbaga St. Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City
Seminar Fee is inclusive of certificate, handouts and snacks

Pre-registered participants may pay to Autism Society Philippines, Metro Bank, Kamias Branch Account Number 047-3-04751874-2. Please fax the deposit slip with the name/s of participant/s to ASP office and bring it on the day of the seminar. On-site registrants will be accepted depending on the availability of slots. There will only be 50 slots available. No refund will be given to participants who did not show up on the date of the seminar. For more details, please call ASP at 02-926-6941 or 02-929-8447.

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.

16 September 2014

Family Support Group for September 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 September 20 Family Support Group session is Elizabeth Udquin. Beth is a graduate of Clinical Psychology at the Polytechnic University of the Philippines. She is mother to two children on the spectrum, Cholo and Tristan. Stories on Elizabeth and her family have appeared on Manila Bulletin and UNTV Channel 37. She has inspired others with her experience as a parent in various autism awareness talks and seminars. Mom Beth is also the President of ASP UP-CAMP Manila Chapter and ASP Trustee.

Date: September 20 , 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.




13 September 2014

Sensory-Friendly Screening for PWA’s in San Pablo City

Twenty six days after its first screening in SM City Calamba, ASP Laguna Chapter conducted another sensory-friendly screening for Persons with autism and other disabilities in SM City San Pablo to serve those from southern and eastern Laguna and western Quezon last August 23. Zambezia, an animated movie about two falcons en route to a community of birds, was shown.


The participating schools and intervention centers include Arcangel Intervention and Tutorial Center, Child and Teens Success Intervention Center, Kids Cove Inc., George Intervention Center,St. Anne Carmelli Academy, Paaralang Pag-ibig at Pag-asa and Liliw Intervention Center.

Two hundred and twenty seven persons with disabilities, friends and relatives attended the screening. Many parents and teachers thanked ASP Laguna for organizing the event that allows their family members and student to watch a movie together, a rare experience. A parent said that her kids had fun and were attentive during their first-ever movie experience. Another parent noticed that her 4 year-old son was well-behaved throughout the entire movie.

ASP Laguna thanks those who participated and/or volunteered: the participating schools and intervention centers, persons with disabilities, their families and friends, San Pablo Colleges BEEd-Special Education and BEEd-Early Childhood Education students. We are also thankful for the SM Cinema personnel, security personnel and others who made this event a reality.


About the Contributor. Ms. Catherine L. Lopez is a mother of a young adult with autism studying at UP Los Ba┼łos. 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.

04 September 2014

Cebu’s first sensory friendly movie screening

August 20 marked an important day for families living with autism; because it marked the first sensory friendly movie shown in Cebu. SM Cares offered children with special needs and their families a chance to experience seeing a film on the big screen -- “Planes: Fire and Rescue”. Over 225 special kids from 11 special schools in Cebu lined up in SM Cinema 1 at 8:30am, accompanied by 275 family members, caregivers, volunteers from Velez College PT/OT, Rotary Clubs, and Reach Center staff. The event was overseen by ASP Cebu Chapter President Kathy Castellano and Adviser Sandra Espina.



The challenge for children with ASD in coping in the movie theatre, involves potential sensory stimulation overload from the dark environment, the loud sounds, the bright lights and the cold room temperature. However, on that day, SM Cares provided 1) a friendly and acceptable environment for the special kids to get up, move around and even make little noise, 2) warm lighting instead of total darkness, 3) lowered the volume of special effect and music, and 4) less trailers.


About the Contributor. Sandra Espina served as the ASP Cebu Chapter President from 2009 to 2014 and is currently the chapter's adviser. She is the Managing Director of Ivory Properties. Sandra and her spouse Joseph, Rotary District 3860 Governor, are parents to three boys. Zach, their youngest, is on the spectrum.

 
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