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.

27 May 2010

ASP Trustee Nominated Into International Theater Organization

ASP Trustee Cristina Estampador-Munarriz has been nominated to be part of advisory board of International Association of Theater for Autism.

The IATA is an international network of parents and professionals who have interests in using applied theater techniques as a teaching modality for autism.

Cristina is a dancer at heart and founded the UP Indayog Dance Troupe while studying Organizational Communication in UP Manila. With her friends in theater, she recently organized heART4humanity, which helps promote the applied arts as a complement to special needs interventions.

Theater is a great way to teach children, neuro-typical or otherwise. It's always fun and it makes them feel comfortable and less self-conscious about themselves. Using the techniques of theater becomes a veritable teaching platform for social and communication skills to children and adults with autism,” said Cristina.

Cristina’s is mom to Henry, 11 and Derek, 9, both diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. She believes that any teaching modality that makes her children feel more comfortable with who they are, while embracing and respecting their individuality is worth pursuing. She is currently working on bringing Applied Theater Workshops across the country.


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ASP believes that children with autism will thrive given the right environment and opportunities to develop their skills and talents. We continue to work hard for the future of children with autism and their families. Be an Angel for Autism, the time is now. Write us at autismphil@pldtdsl.net or call us at 926 6941 or 929 8447 for more details.

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