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.

01 June 2016

Q&A with Autism Experts - May 2016

"It takes a village to raise a child." This African proverb rings louder for children with autism. The Autism Society Philippines believes that parents should build relationships with a professional compassionate support team who can advise and counsel them, in addressing the myriad of questions they have about raising a child on the spectrum.

"If you have met someone with autism, you have met ONE person with autism." There is no substitute for personal consultations with professionals, which consider traits and behaviors unique to the individual with autism.

As ASP continues to receive questions from parents and family members year-round, we have reached out to the following experts to help answer some concerns on health, education and intervention.

Hi ask ko lng po kung ano pwede gawin para ma improve ang social skills ng anak ko n 12 1/2 na nsa grade 5 na. Ok nmn po yung academics at behavior nya. Ang problem lng yung social skills. Thank you! --- Mary C.

Kailangan pong alamin kung paano makitungo ang anak ninyo sa mga ka-edad niya. Kung siya ay kinakausap, siya ba ay nakakapag sustain ng conversation tungkol sa paksa na interes din ng kausap niya? Nababasa ba niya ng tama ang mga facial expression at body language ng kausap niya? Tama bang ang pag-unawa niya sa matalinhagang salita na ginagamit ng iba? May kumpiyansa ba siya sa sarili niya o takot siya sa pakikitungo sa iba? Sumasali ba siya ng kusa sa group activities o' mas gusto talaga niyang mag-isa?

Pag na-identify na ang kakayanan at kahinaan ng anak ninyo sa social skills, maaaring turuan siya ng tamang pagtugon sa sa social situation. Makakatulong ang mga speech therapist sa pag develop ng social skills.

My son is 2 years old and 3 months already but he can't speak straight yet. He understands us but has difficulty expressing himself. He points to things to say what he wants. He plays with other kids and is sociable. I don't think he has autism but I'm suspecting he has speech delay. We teach him every day and read books to him but he does not mimic the words. What can you suggest? Should I consult with a development pedia already? --- Grace A.


Warm greetings. My main concern now is to help my grandchild from my pamangin snow a 3 year old boy born in Qatar. He shows most of the characteristics of autism. His father is now staying with us in Quezon Ciy, looking for a job. I accompanied him to the Phil Childrens Hosp for his son checkups under Social Service payment scheme.

I really want to help Louse Angelo to rehab his attitudes and daily life activities. So, Louise Angelo got schedules for rehab on April 20, and assessment on July 11, 2016. and for dental sched too. But still waiting for hearing checkup cz the machine is under repair at the hosp. Currently,his full time mother is in Cebu taking care of the youngest siblings who is 8 months old. and a 7 year older sister. Please advise what other things do we need to do to guide us and take care of this child. Many thanks and more power! --- Helen A.

Hopefully you can get an appointment with a developmental pediatrician soon. they can provide guidance based on their diagnosis of your grandson's condition. In the meantime, it would be good if you could give your grandson a regular schedule of activities and structure at home. Try to teach him self help skills, provide as much language stimulation as possible (e.g. labeling things he sees and does) even if he does not respond. It would also be good if he has a playmate whom he can interact with.
Ms. Cecile Sicam

Cecilia Sicam is one of the 11 original founders of the Autism Society Philippines. She has served ASP in many capacities, as President from 2000 to 2004; and as its current Vice President. Inspired by her PWA son Likas, Ces has been instrumental in the founding of Professionals for Autism Foundation, Inc., Center for Autism and Related Disorders, the Philippine Association for Behavioral Analysis, and Bridges Foundation where she is currently its Directress. She taught SpEd for three years at Santa Clara, California; and came back to serve Filipino children with special needs.


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