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.

27 August 2014

308 participants join ASP Marikina’s seminar

ASP Marikina Valley Chapter conducted a back to back seminar on “Managing Children with Special Needs at Home” and “Managing Children with Special Needs in School” last 23 August 2014 at the Marikina City Hall. The seminars were conducted in response to the observed growing number of children with special needs which has caused concern to parents, schools and learning institutions. Behavior management, both in the classroom and at home, is crucial since these children have unique symptoms and needs that go beyond the normal “childish” behavior. If not properly addressed, incidents causing trauma to the child, anxiety to the parents and teachers and embarrassment to the school may not be avoided. It is in the best interest of all parties concerned to work hand in hand in dealing with the problem.



The seminars oriented the participants about the behavior difficulties attributed to the
conditions of the children with special needs and what strategies can be adopted to manage them. Ms. Karla Czarina D. Tolentino, OTRP talked on Behavior and Sensory Integration, while Ms. Angela Claudine M. De Leon, SLP centered her talk on Language Stimulation. Applying SPED techniques were discussed by Ms. Marilou Gerero-Vispo and Ms. Jacqueline Glori, both licensed and practicing SPED specialists. ASP Marikina Valley Chapter President Mr. Alex Cabason also emphasized the importance of having a family support group and made a brief presentation on ASPMVC and its activities.

A total of 308 participants attended the seminars. The morning session entitled,
“Managing Children with Special Needs at Home” had 82 participants and the afternoon
session: “Managing Children with Special Needs in School” had 226. The participants were a
mix of parents, caregivers, teachers, therapists and college students from schools,
universities, therapy centers/clinics from the cities of Marikina, Pasig, Antipolo, Quezon,
Pasay, Valenzuela and Manila; the municipalities of Taytay, Cainta, San Mateo, Rodriguez,
Morong, and Cardona; and provinces as far as Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna and Batangas.

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