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.

03 November 2009

Autism and Seizures

By: Dang Koe


Our son was staring sideways with his eyeballs fixed on the upper left corner of his eyes. We started calling his name and getting his attention, but he kept on staring at his left.

Sensing something was wrong with him, we rushed him to the hospital. On our almost half-an-hour ride, he would go back to staring after short distractions. I raised his right arm; it remained suspended in air until I moved it down.

While hospital staffs were attending to my son Gio four years ago, during what could be a “seizure attack”, I started crying. Will my son’s autism regress further? I scrutinized him as he moved slowly from a wheelchair to his hospital bed. Images of another boy with autism and epilepsy haunted me – slow awkward motor movements, head leaning on one side, mouth open, blank stare… all the time. I thought before nothing could be more painful than being handed down a diagnosis of autism for my son. The thought of Gio not biking, not swimming, not laughing, not smiling, … that is like taking the lights out of my cheerful boy, albeit with autism.

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