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.

19 June 2012

A day with Sensei Vicente

By Ms. Joy Ofrecia, President of City of San Fernando Chapter

ASP CSFP Chapter conducted its first seminar for the year last 14 June 2012 at the University of the Assumption in the City of San Fernando, Pampanga. The seminars "Autism, Health & Well-being" and "Autism and Mentoring Life Skills" were conducted by the resource speaker Mr. Ron Vicente Rubio of the Autism Research Institute. He is a martial artist, professional dancer and a mentor to individuals with Asperger Syndrome. He himself is on the spectrum diagnosed in 2009.
Participants in Rubio seminar

ASP CSFP President Ms. Joy Ofrecia, together with Mr. Ranil Sorongon ASP Executive Director welcomed the participants from the different chapters of ASP namely Malolos Chapter headed by Dra. Anawi Tolentino, Olongapo Chapter representatives, Dr. and Mrs. David Calapatia and members of the host chapter, including the University of the Assumption BEE SPED students.

Mr. Rubio stressed on the importance of seeing every individual as a holistic entity. He pointed out the need to focus on breathing and breath awareness, to use visualization to see the whole self to begin creating energy and making the person anchor his body cognitively and to ground self physically to the earth. These techniques will help develop stamina and endurance, and body confidence as a stepping stone to address challenges. It will also create strategies to maintain progress and self-reliance.

Mr. Rubio also mentioned that breathing settles the mind and that it is necessary to stimulate the mind and body in the present moment and neither in the past nor the future. He also stressed on the importance of a good choice of the food to eat, and a special mention to drinking lots of water, eating lots of green and cutting on sugars and oil. Changes in the diet need not be immediate; he suggests doing it in moderation.

The participants went home bringing with them new information that will help them not only as they teach and manage individuals on the spectrum but also for their own personal improvement.


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