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.

20 October 2009

Seizing Seizures

MADELEINE GRACE MATIBAG-SOSA, MD is a Pediatric Neurologist. She is the current President of the Child Neurology Society Philippines, Inc. and a member of the Child Neurology Specialty Board. She is also Faculty & Consultant, Department of Pediatrics of De La Salle Health Sciences Campus, Dasmarinas , Cavite. She is both Chairperson of the Department of Pediatrics at Pasay City General Hospital and Ospital ng Muntinlupa Medical Center, Alabang.

Dr. Sosa was tasked to oversee the training group of Task Force L.A.Y.A. (Loving All Youth-At- Risk) which plan of action is the conduct of a survey to determine the prevalence of autism and other developmental disabilities among children in Cavite. The Task Force also resolved for this plan of action to be evaluated by the government sector as far as effectiveness and enrichment needs are concerned.


During her speech at the Philippine League against Epilepsy last May, Dr. Sosa said, "Epidemiological studies need to be pursued for us to determine the epilepsy burden, not only to persuade our government to assign high priority to epilepsy care in the country, but also to serve as guide to future health-policy decisions."


Some children with autism also develop seizures like in children with epilepsy. In the Autism Beyond Borders Conference Dr. Sosa will explain why seizure disorders, compulsions, aggression and insomnia are frequently observed in children and adolescents with autism. Best local medical practices in the prevention and management of these co-morbidities will be discussed.


Dr. Sosa will be the alternate speaker for Dr. Knut, who is unable to attend the Autism Beyond Borders conference due to health reasons.


We wish him well.

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