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

FSG: An Essential Guide for Parents of Newly Diagnosed CWAs

By Cricel B. Elises, ASP Administrative Assistant

“God sends children to enlarge our hearts, and make us unselfish and full of kindly sympathies and affections.” – Mary Howitt

Parenting a child with autism is harder than parenting a typical child. Without support and proper education for these children, the parents alone may not be able to address all special needs. Thus, Autism Society Philippines’ monthly Family Support Group opens the communication lines between parents who are having similar experiences. Here, they learn that they are not alone.

Last February 18 2012, ASP Trustee, Ms. Fredeswina Javier, welcomed eleven (11) mothers, three (3) fathers, one (1) PWA at the ASP Office. Three of ASP’s Staff, Melanie Casalme, Abby Mendoza and Cricel Elises, together with ASP’s Executive Director, Mr. Ranilo Sorongon, also joined in the discussion.

The participants of the Family Support Group

Ms. Javier shared her personal journey in raising her son with autism. She also shared some helpful tips on handling children with autism and how to choose the right school to fit the needs of their children. Below are some of their realizations:

“The support group is an essential means or way so that awareness in our society and family will improve and continue.”

“Early Intervention would really help the development of the children. I have realized that children with autism can become productive.”

“Facilitator was excellent and the views of parents are based from her own experience.”

For the parents of the newly diagnosed children, the discussion helped them understand more about their needs. They also realized the importance of having a support group, which can serve as a guide in their own journey.

Sign up now for the next Family Support Group. Call us at (02) 926-6941 or (02) 929-8447 or email us at autismphils@gmail.com for more information.

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