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.

01 July 2011

Making “Sumbong” about Tristan

By: Elizabeth Udquin, President ASP UP CAMP Manila Chapter

Having a special child is not an easy task. Having two boys with autism is doubly challenging. Dealing with their daily activities, the stresses raising two boys, and additional obligations, were eased by the generous assistance of my in-laws.


One day a parent from Caritas Manila told me about Center for Therapy Services at UP CAMP Manila. The session only cost 50 pesos per session! Right then and there, I called CTS UP CAMP’s Administrative Aide, Ms. Cathy Gagata, to include my first born son Cholo, in the wait list.


After two weeks, I received a call for Cholo’s initial evaluation. A month later, he was accommodated for Speech (ST) and Occupational Therapy (OT). That was year 2007. The following year, my other son, Tristan, was also diagnosed with autism. He was scheduled for screening after 3 months and also got the slot for OT.


Thankfully, after four years of speech therapy, Cholo, (6 years old) my eldest, can now communicate his needs verbally. He used to be totally non-verbal and had temper tantrums. Now, he can ask and answer where and what questions. Best of all he can make “sumbong” (tell on) when Tristan, his younger brother misbehaves!


Cholo and Tristan


Based on the latest evaluation report I received from the PGH’s Developmental Pediatrician, Cholo is now age-appropriate in his self-help, gross/fine motor and school related skills; while his brother, Tristan’s (4 years old) skills are two years behind.


I am thankful for the trainings and seminars conducted by UP CAMP and ASP National Office. They have contributed in equipping parents like me to become more effective in handling my children with special needs. And my children’s progress is a result of collective effort from the therapies they have been receiving from the Center for Therapy Services at UP CAMP Manila, the teachers from Sped Center at St. Dymphna plus the consistent implementation of home programs for them.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the members of the staff of Center for Therapy Services CTS Pedia, Adolescent and Adult for making their time to put up and maintain the clinic; and also to the resident therapists and clinical instructors, who continue to educate parents and caregivers in Managing CWAs through the Home Instruction Program.


Special thanks to Dean Cabatan, Mr. Kristoffer Mendoza, Doc. Ferds Garcia, Ms. Penny Cheng and Ms. Alma Fabros in their continued support for ASP UP CAMP Chapter projects and activities. To God Be the Glory!

2 comments:

Angelica C. Vales said...

masaya po ako para sa dalawang bata.sana ganun din ang mangyari sa anak kong si Benson.naipasok ko po sya nuon sa ot,pero 1month lang kasi po di ko kaya ang bayad,kaya natigil na sya.sana po matulu ngan ang anak ko.salamat po.

Autism Society Philippines said...

Hi Ms Vales Maaari po ba namen malaman kung saan po kayo nakatira para po ma-refer po namen kayo sa pinakamalapit na ASP Chapter? Iniimbitahan din namen po kayo na makadalo sa aming Family Support Group na gaganapin sa July 23 Sabado dito po sa aming opisina sa Room 307 ML Building # 47 Kamias Rd Quezon City. Maaari po lamang tumawag sa 9266941 / 9298447 para po makapag parehistro.Tungkol naman po sa inyong anak, maaari po kayong tumawag sa UP-Camp sa numerong 526 7125 para po sa kanyang OT o di kaya sa pinakamalapit na DSWD/PDAO Office sa inyong lugar. Maaari din po kayong lumapit sa Mayor's Office para sa tulong pinansyal upang maka attend ng mga seminar. Maraming Salamat po.

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