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.

03 August 2009

Autism Keepers

By: Cathy Genovia, ASP Program Assistant

During the June 20 ASP Family Support Group, all eight mothers, one father and friend were very much delighted to meet in person the author of Federic’s Flight, Ms. Christine C Roa.

Mom Chrissy is a communication and education specialist and a part owner of South Kids International School, Program Consultant of Brighter Beginnings Daycare Center in Unilever. She served as ASP’s Vice President from 2005 to 2007 and continues to contribute to the success of some of ASP’s major programs and events.

ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon with the participants of the FSG
With Ms. Crissy Roa with the other participants

Topics discussed were seizures, its causes and its conditions. Although the increase in seizures which accompanies puberty is well known, but not at all understood. The parents were encouraged to seek medical advice from medical professionals.

Another topic is one growing up or the adolescent stage. Being a mom to 14.5 year old Federic Christian, Mom Chrissy was generous in sharing Fedi’s stories to others. Others were surprised to find out that what typical teens go through is just the same as for those with autism.

One parent realized the importance of spending more quality time with her daughter with autism. Seeing how Mom Chrissy went through with her struggles, the participants didn’t hesitate to know the day-to-day trials and triumphs of this family. They started to ask for her book and stayed longer for more tips on parenting. Afterwards, there was autograph signing.

Chrissy’s son Fedi is now a third year high school student at the New Era University. Fedi’s younger brother Frankie, seven has already decided to marry at 50 to secure his Kuya Fedi’s future before anything else. He speaks candidly of his “would-be wife”…that she must accept his Kuya for who he is…and if she doesn’t, he will kick her out of the house. The book Federic’s Flight is also available at ASP. Call 7-903-5496.


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