ASP Vice President Cecile Sicam welcomed four mothers, two fathers, two grandmothers and three PWAs at the ASP office for the May 2014 Family Support Group session. The participants were especially lucky as their moderator, aside from being a mom to an adult on the spectrum, is also a special educator and Directress of Bridges Foundation, Inc.
The session started with the participants introducing themselves. Most of the participants have pre-teens with autism. Sharing included how to handle older CWAs, and tackling difficult concerns like circumcisions and masturbation.
“We can teach them about doing things in the right time and in the right place,” Teacher Ces advised. “Don’t say -- Huwag mong gawin yan kasi masama.”
Below are feedback from some of the participants:
- “As parents of CWA we must continue our goal for them, be strong, open and accept the situation. The more we accept our child, the easier for us to face the challenges in our life.”
- “We still have a lot to learn even if our child is the eldest among the group.”
- “There is hope, continue to learn and apply to your child what you have learned.”
- “Autism is a never ending process you just shift from one hurdle to another. You just have to take it one step at a time and enjoy victory after the other.”