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.

12 March 2015

ASP hosts Seminar on “The Art of The Innocents”

The Autism Society Philippines hosted a seminar on The Art of The Innocents last 14 March 2015 at the Bridges Foundation, attended by parents, students and professionals including teachers from ASP Catanduanes Chapter.

Ms. Maria Theresa P. Aficial opened the seminar with an activity to know how well the participants perform when it came to art. The participants were asked to create something by using the pattern presented to them. She explained how important art is to children with special needs, including autism. She mentioned that art came from personal experiences, how we looked at ourselves and our own perception of our environment. Teacher Tess showed different works of their students using different kinds of materials, like clay, water color and oil pastel. Teacher Tess asked the participants to form groups; and they were given art materials that they can use to describe how summer looked like to them. Some of the participants choose to use clays and even yarn to create a very creative way to describe summer.

Participants of the seminar

After the activity, Ms. Ma. Cecilia Zamora, explained that through drawing, children with special needs can express their own self through art. She mentioned that art is a form of self- expression. In teaching children, we should always give them motivation to perform and help them build their self-esteem. Teacher Ichie mentioned that when it comes to art, we should not have limits. There should be no rules when it comes to shapes, colors and materials, so they can really express how they feel. Process is more important than the output.

About the contributor: Ida Blasco graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Psychology at Our Lady of Fatima University. After years abroad, Ida has come home to serve the autism community as the ASP's Admin Manager.


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