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.

09 February 2014

ASP’s rolls out another successful EDEIP

The Autism Society Philippines (ASP) had implemented the Early Detection and Early Intervention Program (EDEIP) for the past nine years. The program has trained thousands of Community Health Workers (CHWs), Day Care Teachers (DCTs) and Parents of Children with Autism (CWAs) nationwide.

The Akbayan Partylist and the local government of Quezon City provided critical support to ASP to establish an accessible and affordable means of early detection and intervention for marginalized Filipino families affected with autism.

ASP Angels Rizalinda Cansanay, Josephine Palomares, Rosalyn Marie Sorongon, Maria Joyla Ofrecia, Elizabeth Udquin, and Christina Borneo once again handled the program as it trained a total of 438 community health workers, 58 Day Care Teachers and 330 parents, siblings and teachers in Quezon City.

The Angels behind EDEIP 20130.
The project helped in detection, not diagnosis of signs and symptoms of person with autism. They provided resource kits to the participants consisting of of 1) Autism Tool Kit that serves as Checklist in detecting children with ASD; 2) Referral Guide that shows steps/actions to take to help children suspected with ASD; and 3) Directory of Professionals that lists Developmental Pediatricians, Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Neurologists, Therapists and Dentists in Quezon City for diagnostic, assessment and intervention services for children suspected with ASD.

The activity was a learning experience for the participants. They mentioned that it was very helpful, especially about the correct misconceptions about autism. The topics that the speakers lectured were overwhelming to the point that the participants had implied a lot of interesting facts that is related in upbringing their children with autism. They want ASP to continue implementing this project as this is indeed very helpful and helps ASP to reach out more to families and communities.

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