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.

21 June 2014

A first at Project HeART

Members of ASP Tacloban Chapter gathered for Project HeART, an art psychosocial intervention program, as post-disaster response for the Yolanda survivors in Leyte. This unique event was funded by Metrobank Foundation and held last 4-6 June 2014 at the Eastern Visayas State University.

Mommy Fajardo (in stripes) and her son Ruvic with ASP National President Jan Peña, Muneer Peña and other Project HeART participants in Tacloban.

I’m very glad to have been a part of it. It was a first time experience for most of the participants to be gathered around with fellow special children for one movement. There was an excitement in each and everyone including the parents and guardians.

For the Group 8 years old and above, Day 1 was to draw their own profile and it gave them freedom to introduce themselves in the way they wished using mixed media. Day 2 was to etch "who or what supports them" using 3 square boards with oil pastel. They had to think hard to be sure what or who really are giving them full support in their daily living; because there's no erasure in etching technique thus making them feel confident realizing the reinforcements they already have. The last day was also in mixed media but in a relief form or in three-dimensions. Participants were given a board where they can create a 3D work of the surroundings or an ideal environment they wish to have. Through this, they were able to use their imaginations and their outside world experiences.

I would like to thank the Autism Society Philippines together with the sponsor, Metrobank Foundation for spearheading such activity. This will be a great help for my son in order for him to develop his skills and talents needed for his development. This will pave way for him to have social exposure in order for him and for the public realize their potentials as a member of their society and not to be ridiculed with their disability.

About the Author. Elisa N. Fajardo married with 2 kids Ashley Nicole and son Ruvic 8 yrs old with ASD living in Pawing Palo, Leyte . A BS Management graduate at St. Paul’s Business School in Pawning Palo.

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