ASP’s Family Support Group, in observance of the National Autism Consciousness Week, was moderated by award-winning broadcast journalist, Karen Davila. An autism advocate and mother of two, Karen candidly talked about her family’s journey in raising David, her child on the spectrum. Held at the Bridges Foundation last 24 January 2014, the family support group session brought 60 parents together to talk about their own adventures in living with autism. The participants shared their experiences and drew enlightenment and strength from others going through the same challenges.
When Karen found out about her son's condition, she started researching extensively. She tried everything she could get her hands on. She experimented on multiple interventions (even using extra virgin coconut oil) -- as her resources allowed. The GCF diet, which she learned about through her mother, has been most effective in her experience.
Karen believes that, in raising children with autism, parents should also teach their children to adjust to their environment. This may not always be easy; but she believes that parents can do this with dedication, focus and strength. Our children need us to show courage and hope.
Karen also engaged in a lively interaction with the parents, moderating the discussion of questions that were top on the minds of the parents in attendance. Karen was supported by the ASP leadership -- Chair Emeritus Dang Koe and Trustees Ces Sicam, Evelyn Go, Grace Adviento and Peng Koe.