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 September 2010

We Are Not Alone

By: Cristine Republica

“We are not alone in our life’s journey. Other families like ours, are also experiencing the same challenges that we are experiencing,” shared one parent during the Family Support Group (FSG), facilitated by Belina Regalado, last September 18, 2010, at the ASP National Office.


(Center) Mom Belina Regalado together with ASP Executive Director Ranil Sorongon

and other ASP Chapter leaders during the Family Support Group.


The FSG was facilitated by Belina Regalado, mother of Tum-Tum Mendoza, 20 year-old international marimbist with autism. There were five (5) mothers, one (1) father and two (2) PWAs who attended.


Everyone became attentive as soon as Mom Belina started the discussion. The sharing was heartwarming and everyone was motivated. Some of the main concerns of the parents were the developmental milestones of their children and some of the odd behaviors they manifested.


Participants became attentive when Mom Belina started the

heartwarming sharing and fruitful discussions.


Belina said children with autism also have innate special talents God has given them. She gave reasons why talents should be discovered and also gave some tips on how to discover them.


Other issues like “crushes” of the adolescents or adults with autism, as part of personal and social aspects of PWA’s life, made a stimulating discussion on the conference table. The sharing became more and more fruitful as different ideas, perspectives, techniques and notable experiences were discussed.


Since children with autism learn differently and other mainstream school education might not fully address the particular learning styles of CWAs, parents also discussed alternative interactive lessons for children with autism.


The parents also hope to get more tips on financial planning to equip them for proper budget allocation for the CWA’s schooling, therapies and leisure activities; as well as possible livelihood programs to secure the financial viability of the CWA’s future.


And lastly, a request was made to have a special seminar exclusively catering to fathers who have a hard battle accepting the condition of their children with autism – in the hopes of reaching out, helping and supporting them to open their minds to reality and moreover, for them to have a heart of acceptance with unconditional love for these special children.


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