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.

25 May 2012

Assistive Technology Effective Tool for Educating CWAs



By Cricel B. Elises, ASP Administrative Assistant

ASP conducted its first seminar series for the year 2012 last February 26, 2012 at the Asian Social Institute in Malate Manila. The Seminar entitled Assistive Technology for Children with Special Needs was conducted by resource speaker Mr. Allen R. Espelita, OTR, OTRP, CVP, CEAS I. He is now currently working in Doha Qatar as an Occupational Therapist.

ASP Treasurer Ms. Evelyn Go, together with Ms. Cris Estampador, ASP Trustee, welcomed representatives from different member schools and participants from as far as Leyte City. The event was also attended by Ms. Lyn Ebuña, President of Trece Martirez Chapter, Ms. Adelle Martinez, Past President of Lucena Chapter and Mr. Baldwin Kho, visual artist and Autism Angel.

According to Mr. Espelita, Assistive Technology is “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially or off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”

“Everybody has their own learning style,” said the speaker. Most students, including many students with ASD in terms of academics, benefit from participating fully in classroom activities. However, many students, especially those with ASD, can learn and absorb information in ways that are not immediately apparent. All students should be encouraged and supported in actively engaging, to the fullest extent possible, in the learning process.

One of the participants said, “It gives us ideas on how and when to use a certain tools in teaching children with special needs. He is effective in imparting knowledge and skills.” Another said, “It helps me a lot to understand our children with autism.”

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