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.

13 July 2011

ASP Joins Positive Parenting Program Conference

While most Metro Manila residents enjoyed the birthday-holiday of our national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal last June 19, more than 250 child rights advocates and government employees trooped to the “Triple P” Conference at the Century Park Sheraton Hotel in Malate, Manila.


Triple P stands for Positive Parenting Program, an approach to empower parents to be at the center of rearing their children in a positive life giving manner. Triple P includes parents dealing with unique situations of their children with disabilities.


Participants of the Triple P Conference


The conference was formally opened with welcome remarks from ASec. Parishya Taradji, Executive Director, Council for the Welfare of Children. Messages were consecutively given by DSWD USec. Alicia Bala and Dr. Soe Nyunt-U, World Health Organization (WHO) Western Pacific Region representative, courtesy of Dr. Go of the WHO Philippine Office.


Reports on Child Maltreatment

“Angel is just one out of thousands of children suffering from maltreatment and abuse, related Sorongon during the conference. He was among the four participants selected by Deputy Executive Director, Ma. Elena Caraballo, to give comments and insights. Sorongon was joined by a doctor, an officer of the police force and a social worker.


“A few months ago, Angel, a chained girl with autism, was rescued by social workers and media men from their house in Tondo, Manila. Having no knowledge on how to take care of her child, Angel’s mom, a widow for three years, chose to chain her to a bed while she went out of the house to earn a living...” To read more about Angel, click “Chained Autistic Girl Gets Help” .


Parent Education Vital

The day also covered different lectures given by the following experts:

Christopher Mikton, Ph. D., WHO Technical Officer on the Prevention of Violence, Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability, presented the Global Strategy in the Prevention of Child Maltreatment.


Dr. Bernadette Madrid of the Child Protection Network Foundation gave a country report. The study she conducted provided valuable information on the Philippine Situation on the Prevention of Child Maltreatment. These included statistics that can be used in developing programs for children.


Making a Public Health Approach to Parenting Support was presented by Prof. Matt Sanders of the Parenting and Family Support Center, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Australia, the lecturer, presented videos on the research conducted in different parts of the world.


The videos documented the success of the program from its initial stage (problematic stage), to the middle or crucial stage (parent education) and positive outcome (result) of the program.


Helping more “Angels”

“I hope that the knowledge we got today will be translated into concrete programs and services so help parents so that children like Angel will enjoy all their rights enshrined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child,” Sorongon concluded.


Thanks to the Council for the Welfare of Children (CWC), World Health Organization (WHO) and the Child Protection Unit for this wonderful conference.


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