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.

01 July 2010

Yaya Inday, A Rare Gem

By: Gina Bermudo, ASP Trustee

ASP believes that caregivers are essential in assisting the unique special needs of children with autism. We dedicate this article to the unsung heroes. Thank you for being Angels for Autism.

An efficient yaya (nanny/caregiver) is integral in implementing effective therapy for children with autism. But, we often fail to give them proper credit for their contributions in the success of our children’s programs.

My family is blessed to have Primitiva Sangco. Yaya Inday, as she is fondly called, has been with us since our boys (Nicholas 14 and Xandi 11) were born. She has witnessed the roller coaster of emotions that my family went through when the boys were diagnosed with autism. Yaya Inday tried to put a strong facade and chose to suffer in silence.

Yaya Inday with Xandi And Nicholas

Yaya Inday is part of my children’s team of Therapists, SPED Teachers and Family Members. She plays an important role in helping my kids achieve their program’s goals and targets.

She has attended most of the center-based therapy sessions, that she became a permanent fixture in the waiting area. Her total immersion in the program can qualify her to be a therapist without the formal training. She consistently monitors the boys’ ADL or Activities for Daily Living (ADL prepares the child with autism for independent living).

Attending several seminars has also helped her understand my boys’ need to keep a structured schedule. Sometimes when our therapist is absent, she serves as a substitute therapist for the day’s lesson. She also takes over for me when I need a break from the rigors of my children’s home programs.

Dear Yaya Inday, Maraming salamat sa pagmamahal at pag-aaruga sa amin. Bihira ang kagaya mo na taus puso kung magmahal. You are truly a priceless rare gem.

Ms. Gina Bermudo is the author/producer of “Mga Awiting Alay sa Autismo”. Buy a copy now by calling 7-903-5496. Part of the proceeds of the CD will help ASP programs and services. For more information email us at or visit our community website.


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