ASP Marikina conducted an Orientation and Family Support Group Meeting for the parents and staff of Lyseo de Antipolo School at 12 Darius St., Kingsville Subdivision, Brgy. Mayamot, Antipolo City last June 7, 2014. Around 20 parents attended the activity. Also present were 8 teachers and staff of Lyseo de Antipolo, and 9 ASP officers and members.
The activity formed the part of the Parents Orientation for the School Year 2014-2015 and was organized in response to the growing number of students with special needs in the school and the need to form a support group for their families.
Ms. Tonette Pacunana, an ASP Marikina officer and a parent-partner of Lyseo, presented and discussed the topic on Understanding Autism after which ASP members Ms. Ditas Tiamzon and Ms. Bernadette Tabares shared their experiences and learnings as parents of children with special needs. Ms. Tiamzon has two sons with autism while Ms. Tabares’ three children have autism, hearing impairment and ADHD, respectively.
Under the guidance of ASP Marikina President Alex Cabason, other ASP Marikina officers and members, and Lyseo Administrator/SPED Teacher Mitch Salvador, the group proceeded with the Family Support Group Meeting to discuss the concerns and queries of the parents. The parents actively participated in the discussion and expressed their appreciation for the conduct of the activity. Ms. Salvador assured the parents that similar activities will be conducted in the future and that a support group will be formally created. The ASP Marikina officers also offered help in any way they can.
About the Author. Tonette Pacunana is a housewife, advocate and mother of young boy with Autism. Mommy Tonette is a graduate of BS – Business Administration at UPCBA Diliman and post grad Diploma in Development Economics and Units in Master Developmental Econ at UP School of Economics Diliman. She worked at Financial Specialist, NGO Microcredit Program II and Department of Trade and Industry from 1993 to 1997 and also from 1997 to 2010 Supervising Trade and Industry Development Specialist, Office of Policy Research, DTI; 2011 to present.