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.

06 December 2011

Parent Empowerment in Laguna

By Riza C. Cansanay, ASP Laguna Chapter President


True to its motto of “Empowering Families, Enabling Communities”, ASP Laguna Chapter held a series of seminars to parents of children with autism and behavior disorder enrolled in SPED public schools in Laguna.


Five mornings in November were devoted to conduct an outreach seminar aimed at helping parents understand autism and why autistic behaviors occur and learn ways on how to deal with inappropriate behaviors.


Coordination was made through the 4 DepEd Schools Division Superintendents of the Division of Laguna (Dr. Ester Lozada), Division of Calamba City (Dr. Myrna Pamplona), Division of San Pablo City (Dr. Ernric Sanchez), and Division of Sta. Rosa City (Dr. Belen Manzañero).


The training team was composed of the officers of ASP Laguna, namely, Riza Cansanay, Cathy Lopez, Marivic Ramos, Lian del Valle and Vay Chavez. Transport service and 2 support staff were provided by Provincial Board Member Neil Andrew Nocon of the Second District of Laguna. BM Nocon regularly supports the special projects of ASP Laguna.


The schedule of the seminars and the number of attendees were as follows:


Nov 15 in Cabuyao Multi-purpose hall attended by 120 parents and some day care workers and 7 SPED teachers


1st photo: Participants of the seminar
2nd photo: (l-r) Cathy Lopez, Lian del Valle, Teacher Elsa Buenaagua
of Cabuyao Central School, ASP Laguna Chapter President Riza Cansanay


Nov 17 at Mayapa Elementary School, Calamba City attended by 46 parents/family members and 8 teachers


1st photo: Participants of the seminar
2nd photo: (l-r) Vay Chavez, ASP Laguna Chapter President Riza Cansanay,
Teacher Arlene Rumbaoa, Marivic, Teacher Jeng Libero of Mayapa Elementary School




Nov 22 at Dita Elementary School in Sta. Rosa City, attended by 22 parents, 3 teachers, Principal, and Division SPED Coordinator


Participants of the seminar

Riza Cansanay, ASP Laguna President with the SPED Teachers of Dita Elementary School, Principal Jimenez and SPED Supervisor Nabu (1st and 2nd from left, respectively)


Nov 24 at the Multi-purpose Hall of Sta. Cruz Elementary School, attended by 34 parents, 3 teachers, District Supervisor and Principal


1st photo: ASP Laguna training team (in green) with the SPED Teachers of Sta. Cruz Elementary School, Principal Gecolea and District Supervisor Sutarez (4th and 5th from left, respectively)
2nd photo:SPED students of Sta. Cruz Elementary School gave an intermission number




Nov 29 at Pag-ibig at Pag-asa SPED Center in San Pablo City attended by 12 parents with their children and 3 teachers


Ms Cathy Lopez during the seminar



The next series of outreach seminars will be during the first quarter of 2012. ASP Laguna Chapter is forever grateful to SPARKS for donating the LCD projector which the Chapter uses in all its training, seminars and presentations.


You can contact ASP Laguna Chapter President Riza Cansanay at 0918 577 7940.



Be an Angel for Autism. Donate generously to ASP Programs and Services. Donate to Autism Society Philippines Metrobank Kamias Branch 047-3-04751874-2. Email us at autismphils@gmail.com or call 9266941 / 9298447.

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