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.

10 September 2009

We shall return

By: Cathy Genovia ASP Program Assistant

ASP was invited to conduct the “Early Detection and Early Intervention Program” (EDEIP) Seminar in Pasay in 2016. After the long wait, ASP returned to Pasay from June 9 to 12, 2009 with the same objectives.

Pasay Mayor Wenceslao “Peewee” Trinidad and his wife Nelfa visited the 2nd EDEIP seminar and welcomed the 350 barangay health workers, day care teachers and the guest speakers. Dang Koe and Grace Adviento, (ASP National President and Vice President, respectively) alternated the morning Early Detection Seminar.

Mayor Peewee Trinidad and his wife Nelfa with Ms Dang Koe and LGU Staff

Participants of the seminar

EDEIP Trainor My Sorongon demonstrating the technique

It is surprising to know that many of the participants have no idea what autism really is. The speakers were bombarded with questions. Misconceptions about autism that have been left unanswered for years have finally been clarified.

The afternoon sessions focused on the Early Intervention Demonstration. ASP EDEIP Trainer, Teacher My Sorongon, lectured and gave practical time-tested tips on how to handle children with autism.

Two volunteer cases were presented. Newly diagnosed 2 ½ yr old Gabriel and his mom and the other, a family with two boys on the spectrum, Christian and Cholo. The afternoons were tough and challenging as various approaches, techniques, strategies were offered. But the demos proved consistency and team work is vital for the success of achieving goals for the children. Inspiring lessons and new experiences gained.

At the end of the 4-day leg, Mayor Trinidad disclosed of having a grandson with autism, who is now staying abroad. He ensured to strengthen the capabilities of the teachers by giving them continuous trainings. With that, we borrow the famous words from General McArthur: “We Shall Return” with more EIDEIP Seminars in the future.

We would like to thank Mayor and First Lady of Pasay City for this opportunity, and Cristina Castañeda, Pasay Focal Person of Persons with Disability and Restituto Cruz Jr, OIC of Pasay Social Welfare Department for coordinating Pasay City’s 2nd EDEIP Seminar.


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