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.

30 April 2010

Building Self-Esteem for People with Autism

By: Tiffany Tan ASP Board Secretary


Helen nervously went to the podium and addressed the curious on-lookers. “May this exhibit be an inspiration to special children…we should not be ashamed of them, but rather be proud of them.


Kenrick with mom Helen Cheng


Helen’s words need not be many, but her message hits the mark. Her now 16 year old son Kenrick holds his first one-man exhibit, in cooperation with ASP’s “Truly Artistic, Proudly Autistic” at SM City, Sta. Mesa. His two other younger siblings joins his dad at the visitor’s lounge.


during the exhibit of Kenrick at SM Sta. Mesa


On lookers came to admire Ken’s work, just a handful from the four-year painting collection he has accumulated at home. He started painting at 10 under the mentorship of Erwin Jara. Kenrick also joined other PWA artists in two previous painting exhibits.


Ken’s dad, Alex preferred to watch quietly. He had this advice for fathers who have children with autism, “Support their kid even though they are special. They need more attention and guidance….so they will feel loved. That’s the best we can do as parents.”


Kenrick Cheng (2nd from right) with his supportive family during Angels Walk


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ASP continues to dispel misconceptions about autism. ASP believes that a strong family support system builds up a person with autism’s self esteem and self awareness. Call 926 6941 or 929 8447 and register now for the May Family Support Group.

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