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.

08 August 2012

Autism Parenting: You are not alone

By Cricel B. Elises, ASP Program Assistant

“A mother’s love for her child is like nothing else in the world. It knows no law, no pity. It dares all things and crushes down remorselessly all that stands in its path.” - Agatha Christie

Motherhood brings the most intense experiences in a woman's life. A mother will do everything for the welfare of her children. A mother’s love sees no boundaries.

Such is the love of five mothers to their child with autism who braved pouring rain and strong winds to attend our Family Support Group last 21 July 2012. ASP National Auditor, Mary Grace Adviento, herself a strong, dedicated mother, welcomed our family support group attendees. The ASP office team, Ranil Sorongon, Melanie Casalme, Abegail Mendoza, Catherine Genovia and Cricel Elises also joined in support.

Grace Adviento leads Family Support Group

Ms. Adviento introduced ASP and began the discussion by sharing her own experiences as a mother to a child with autism. Each parent shared also their unique journey as a mother on the spectrum. After the round-table, Ms. Adviento culminated the session by letting them ask questions to gain insight and clarity.

Below are some of their realizations:
“I am not alone! It feels good to be around people who feel the same way I do and is travelling the road I am into. I still have so much to learn. Listening to other people is knowledge!”

“Joining a society like ASP is important to a family who has a member who is suffering from autism. It made me realized that you were not alone encountering difficult problem. Sharing how you survived those difficult times is priceless.”


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