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.

13 May 2014

Autism Tsika: A Talk with Parents with CWAs

At the height of Dagupan City’s “Festivals of the North,” ASP Dagupan Chapter held its first “Autism Tsika: A Talk with Parents with Kids with Autism” which was held at the Stimulation and Therapy Center last 27 April 2014. This family support meeting allows parents, sibling, educators and PWAs to learn from others who live with autism in a spirit of fellowship.

Autism Tsika group participants

Kaye Bugayong shared her family’s journey with their 16-year old daughter, Abbie, who recently graduated from elementary. She shared the story of finding the right school for Abbie, the grocery lessons, the mall bonding, the family movies, among others. This started the ball rolling with other parents taking turns in sharing their experiences with their kids.

One mother shared that their neighbors told her to just keep her 17-year old son, Rico, home to keep from trouble. Lilet gave her own account of how she learned to create occupational therapy exercises to let her son, John-John learn to read between 2am-4am, whenever he wakes and has difficulty getting back to sleep.

Participating teachers from Genesis School of Happy Kids and St. Albert the Great School also contributed observations form their own students like how children with autism with their obsessive compulsiveness tend to clean up and organize things more appropriately.

The family support group meeting turned out to be inspirational and educational for everyone present. It was agreed that the next tsika will alternately be on Saturdays and Sundays, on a monthly basis. A possible dad tsika is also in the offing.

This article contributed by Ann Cua, ASP Dagupan Chapter volunteer.


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