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.

25 October 2015

From Intervention to Entrepreneurship

Speech pathologist Mae Sadicon is seasoned and well-respected speech pathologist in the Philippines. She is a sought-after resource speaker at speech and language seminars and conferences of Autism Society Philippines.

At a recent ASP event, Mae Sadicon and Giselle Driza presented the journey of two siblings, who, like other PWAs, experienced problems in speech and communication, behaviour, and processing. With the help of their parents, therapists and early interventions, their journey led them to becoming successful young entrepreneurs.

Teacher Mae Sadicon showing videos of Yasmin and Allen

The parents of a PWAs and professionals who attended 24 October 2015 seminar at the ASP National Headquarters, were filled with hope and inspiration -- despite difficulties with their child.

Mom Marivic Rimano, kicked off the session with a panel discussion with Teacher Mae and Teacher Giselle. She shared how the siblings, Yasmin and Allen, were diagnosed with autism, started to experience communication challenges and how they sustained the therapy of the two siblings.

The discussion transitioned to procedures and methods to address the communication problems and have progress. Teacher Mae said that intervention should be partnered by commitment and consistency. Teacher Giselle opined proper decision making and prioritizing the needs can also help the PWA to become more functional. Teacher Mae and Teacher Giselle also opened the programs they applied to Yasmin and Allen -- from the home program to the small milestones, from learning “survival skills” to achieving their therapy goals.

Teacher Mae point out that the intervention is not only obtained outside the home. Early intervention must begin at home. Families like the Rimano’s who integrate their program into daily life achieve more success.

Participants found the seminar approach noteworthy. “The design and delivery of the session was simple yet really effective.”

Another participant shared, “It’s great to see a concrete/real result of early intervention from two people using different approaches.”

About the author: Abegail Mendoza served as ASP’s Program Assistant for the year 2009 to 2013. She is a volunteer for children with special needs for a Non Government Organization since 2002 up to present. But because of her love, advocacy and passion to children with autism, she opted to serve again the autism community serving as Program Assistant for Communication.


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