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.

21 April 2015

ASP CSFP in an Animal-Assisted Therapy for PWAs feature

The ASP City of San Fernando Pampanga Chapter members were honored guests at ABS-CBN’s “Salamat Dok” episode which tackled animal-assisted therapy for individuals with autism.

It was a gratifying experience as we were treated, as genuinely special guests. Our Chapter President, Joyla Ofrecia and her son and four more kids with autism and their companions were able to join the location shoot. We reached Camayan Beach Resort at 9:30pm where cozy family rooms were reserved for us and a sumptuous dinner was prepared by the shore.

The cameras started rolling at 9am the following day. We were directed to go to Ocean Adventure for the Dolphin Encounter; while the hosts, Bernadette Sembrano, Alvin Elchico Dr. Francis Samonte and Joyla Ofrecia talked about autism, its nature, signs and symptoms; and how dolphins and other animals can help children with autism.


In the background, the kids and mommies enjoyed a very close encounter with Zack, the smart dolphin -- assisted by dolphin trainers led by Kuya Paulo. We made him sing, waved hello, tickled its tummy, and the coolest trick was the water fight! The kids won’t stop hugging and kissing Zack. It was indeed, a very memorable experience for both mommies and the kids.

From picking us up in San Fernando via ABS-CBN van, up to driving us back home safe, we were all treated very well! Thank you, ‘Salamat Dok” for making our kids feel more special than they already are.

The episode aired on 18 April 2015, Saturday at 6am.

About the contributor. Melanie Liang is ASP CSFP Chapter Secretary and mom to 7-year-old Josh.

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