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.

24 May 2012

ASP Laguna’s Fruitful Training on Early Intervention of CWAs

By: Ms. Lian del Valle, ASP Laguna Chapter

ASP Laguna Chapter conducted a fruitful summer training program on “Early Intervention for Children with Autism” from April 10 to 14, 2012 at the Barangay Batong Malake session hall. A total of 28 participants benefited from the 5 day training. The activity was sponsored by AusAID Philippines, in coordination with the Office of the Mayor of the municipality of Los Baños.

ASP Laguna Chapter President Riza Cansanay

ASP Laguna Chapter Training Team, headed by Ms. Riza Cansanay, chapter president, diligently translated into Filipino all the original contents of ASP’s Early Intervention of CWA Manual, to reach out to the local residents of Los Baños.

The first four days composed of lectures, discussions, video presentations, case analysis, and workshops. On the fifth and last day, participants held a simulated teaching demonstration in an actual classroom with seven (7) children with different developmental disabilities and two (2) typical peers. Implementation was based on the lesson plans prepared by the Training Team.

Hands on Training

The major outcome of this training empowered parents and equipped professionals dealing and working with children with special needs. These included selected Day Care teachers, Barangay Health Workers, some professionals around Laguna, a parent from Nagcarlan, a parent from Cagayan, and indigent parents of children with special needs in Los Baños.

After the 5-day training, parents realized that they should play an active role in acquiring skills to manage their own children more than the others in the group. For the Barangay Health Workers, it was an eye-opener to deal with for the first time different children with disabilities. They appreciated the importance of early detection of children with autism and promised to be more vigilant in detecting children under their care. The Day Care Teachers learned the importance of addressing needs of CWDs in the regular classroom versus than “just accommodating” them.

Witnessing the 5-day event was Ms. Bernadette L. Cariaga, AusAID Program Officer. She witnessed the effective collaboration of the groups towards a common goal and commended the chapter’s efforts in creating a huge impact on the lives of families of children with autism and other disabilities in Los Baños.

AusAid Program Officer Badette Cariaga with ASP Laguna Chapter President Riza Cansanay

Special thanks to Ms. Riza Cansanay (President), Ms. Cathy Lopez (Vice President and ARC Job Coach), Ms. Marivic Ramos (Secretary and ARC Trainer), Miss Vay Chavez (Treasurer and Job Coach), Ms. Lian del Valle (Education Committee Chairperson and ARC Director), Sir Jerome Nicolas (ARC Sports Coordinator), and volunteers Ms. Lui Mansit and Ms. Jenny Contreras.

ASP Laguna Chapter continues to work for access to appropriate early intervention of children with autism and train them to have productive lives in the municipality of Los Baños.

To God be the glory! You can contact the ASP Laguna Chapter President Rizalinda Cansanay at 0918-577-7940.


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