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.

15 April 2013

Filipino Siblings: Understanding and Responding to their Needs


Filipino Siblings of PWAs: Understanding and Responding to their 
 Needs and the ABC’s of Organizing a SibsCamp
 Saturday 9:00AM- 12:00NN

Children with autism and their parents are often times the beneficiaries of different forms of intervention and support to help them understand, accept and deal with autism. But a family is also composed of other children, the siblings. Unfortunately, the siblings are left out or “forgotten” once their brother or sister is diagnosed. We may wonder what can be the effects of autism on these siblings. What are their experiences and how do they cope as siblings of person with autism (PWAs)? Unraveling their situation conveys the message that they are seen as equally important as that of their parents and siblings. Knowing their issues and/or concerns, needs and desires, and their aspirations encourage widening of perspective in viewing and understanding the unique circumstances they are in. This knowledge and understanding can pave ways for creating support services for siblings. Hopefully, as a result, siblings will be encouraged and empowered to accept and deal with the autism challenges in their lives. They can become staunch advocates for the realization of the rights of their siblings as well as the rights of person with disabilities.
       
The second part of the seminar will tackle the experiences of ASP and its chapters in organizing and implementing a SibsCamP (Siblings Camp Philippines). Camp implementers from the different chapters will share tips and their experiences in planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating a camp. A panel comprised of parents and siblings will share their insights and experiences on the impact of the sibscamp in their lives.

Ms. Rosalyn Marie Gison Sorongon earned her BS Psychology degree from the Assumption College, Makati City and Master’s Degree in Education Major in Special Education from the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. Teacher My has been teaching persons with autism (PWAs) and helping their families cope with this condition for more than a decade. She regularly conducts orientations and trainings to parents and professionals on autism.  A member of the Education Committee of Autism Society Philippines (ASP), she has been actively involved in ASP’s projects on “Early Detection and Early Intervention on Autism” as a trainer and, as story writer for the “Educating Children with Disabilities of their Rights Using Digital Talking Books”. T. My also finds fulfillment in her role as a regular facilitator of SibsCamp, a support group for siblings of PWAs, as a result of her post graduate research entitled “The Concerns of Adult Siblings of Persons with Autism”.


Venue: Asian Social Institute (ASI) 1518 Leon Ginto cor Escoda Sts., Malate, manila
Seminar Fee is inclusive of certificate, handouts and snack


Seminar Fee

Pre-reg until April 24
Member Non-Member
400.00 500.00

On-site registration
Member Non-Member
500.00 600.00

Click here to register online


Pre-registered participants may pay to Autism Society Philippines, Metro Bank, Kamias Branch Account # 047-3-04751874-2.  Please fax the deposit slip with the name/s of participant/s to ASP office and bring it on the day of the seminar. On-site registrants will be accepted depending on the availability of slots. There will only be 40 slots available. No refund will be given to participants who did not show up on the date of the seminar.  For more details, please call ASP at 9266941/9298447.

The ASP Seminar Series serves as a platform to educate Filipino parents and professionals on the various interventions, modalities and theories surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Their application and implementation are left at your discretion. The views and personal experiences of the speakers are of their own and don’t necessarily reflect that of the views of the organization.

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