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.

26 February 2015

Seminar on the Art Of The Innocents Slated for March 14

The Art of The Innocents
14 March 2015, Saturday, 9:00 am - 12:00 nn
Bridges Foundation, Inc. #22 Scout Limbaga St. Brgy. Laging Handa, Quezon City

Art of the Innocents is a program for cultivating creativity and self expression in persons with developmental disabilities through visual arts. In this seminar parents and teachers will learn how to use Art, not to improve fine motor skills, but as a mode of expressive language, as a venue for social interaction, as a means to improve focus and attention and as a form of therapy. Participants will be inspired by the actual artworks of students with special needs from the time they began up to the present. Hear how the program has made a difference in their lives.

The first part of the seminar will be an introduction on the principles and process of the program with video and photo samples of the process and of the artworks. The second half of the session will be a hands-on workshop on how to conduct art sessions with persons with special needs.

About the Speakers

Ms. Maria Theresa Aficial
Maria Theresa P. Aficial is a graduate of AB Psychology and AB Economics at the University of the Philippines. She has completed her academic units in the Master of Arts in Special Education at the UP College of Education. Teacher Thess, as she is fondly called, has been a teacher for more than a decade. She has taught pre-elementary, elementary, high school, college and for the past 3 years she has taught adolescents and adults with special needs at Bridges Foundation, Inc. She joined the Art Program at BFI in 2012 and has been witness to the wonders of the art program.

Ms. Maria Cecilia Zamora
Ma. Cecilia V. Zamora a.k.a. Teacher Ichie had her Bachelor in Secondary Education and Masters in Education at the University of the Philippines, Diliman. Having her interest in Special Education, she had her second Master's Degree in Special Education at the Philippine Normal University. Her teaching experience spans 20 years, covering preschool to college levels. During the past 4 years, she has devoted her time at Bridges as a SPED teacher handling a vocational class comprised of 14-21 year old students with various special needs. The Bridges Art Workshop Program, spearheaded by T. Barbara Dans-Paguia, is an integral part of the class. Together with the parents, caregivers, and Teacher Aides, Teacher Ichie witnessed the effectiveness of art as an and important method of communication and expression. It builds and develops confidence and encourages creativity. Also, art is a way of managing pleasant and unpleasant behavior thus instilling calmness in the children.

Seminar Rate

Pre-registration *until Mar 10
ASP Member - P500.00
Non-Member - P600.00

On-Site Registration
ASP Member - P600.00
Non-Member - P700.00

Pre-registered participants may pay to Autism Society Philippines, Metro Bank, Kamias Branch Account Number 047-3-04751874-2. Please email the deposit slip with the name/s of participant/s at and bring it on the day of the seminar. On-site registrants will be accepted depending on the availability of slots. There will only be 70 slots available. No refund will be given to participants who do not show up on the date of the seminar. For more details, please call ASP at 7-903-5496.

The ASP Education and Empowerment Program serves as a platform to educate Filipino parents and professionals on the various interventions, modalities and theories surrounding Autism Spectrum Disorder. Their application and implementation are left at your discretion. The views and personal experiences of the speakers are their own and may not necessarily reflect the views of the organization.


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