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.

04 March 2014

Ormoc District 2 Chapter holds a Family Support Group

ASP Ormoc District 2 Chapter held a family support group meeting last 14 February with Mr. Ranil Sorongon and Teacher Lian del Valle of ASP Laguna as facilitators at St. Paul's School of Ormoc Foundation, Inc.

Among the concerns discussed by the members were how their children have been affected by the typhoon and its aftermath in different areas of development particularly on self-care and social skills, flexibility and adaptability; reasonable accommodations for those enrolled in the mainstream; the need for more trained speech aides and how parents can be encouraged to be more active in their child's various intervention programs.

Teacher Lian advised the members to address their children's needs with fresh eyes, as if "your children have just been diagnosed" to gain an accurate assessment of their learning behavior, social skills, and other life skills. "Tapos na si Yolanda. Panahon na para tayo ay bumangon at magsimula ulit. Let us start again."


Ranil further emphasized how parents need to be all the more empowered to take an active part in their child's intervention programs, which is the main objective of ASP. "The only people constant in our child's life are us, the parents. This is why we draw on the resources (OTs, SLPs, APED teachers, etc) to train the parents, to empower each other to become our child's own therapist."

The meeting being the first for the chapter to have Mr. Sorongon and Ms. Del Valle as facilitators, was truly enriching and heartening for the members. The five parents and two SPED teachers who attended certainly brought home a wonderful learning experience.

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